Man accused in 2010 rape and murder pleads not guilty

Man accused in 2010 rape and murder pleads not guilty
Roman Lastrapes

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A man indicted in connection with a 2010 rape and murder was arraigned in state district court Monday.

Roman Lastrapes pleaded not guilty and a pre-trial conference was set for May 12.

Lastrapes is accused of killing 50-year-old Linda Moore, whose body was found behind a car shop near Shattuck and Belden streets.

Another man was initially indicted in connection with Moore's death, but charges were dropped when it was found his DNA did not match that taken from the scene.

Lastrapes was indicted in November 2015. He was being held at Angola State Penitentiary on separate convictions of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer, drug distribution and possession of marijuana. He has since been transported to Calcasieu.

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