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Louisiana Man Accused of Stalking and Murdering Estranged Wife, Staging Crime Scene as Burglary

Louisiana Man Accused of Stalking, Murdering His Estranged Wife
Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

David Hernandez would randomly show up at his estranged wife's work, police said.

Apr. 18 2024, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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Law enforcement officials in Louisiana say a man has been arrested after he allegedly placed a tracking device on his estranged wife’s car, randomly showed up at her work unannounced and later killed her.

On March 20, deputies responded to a home in Ponchatoula, where they found 45-year-old Lisa Hernandez covered in blood on the ground between her bed and a dresser, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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First responders performed lifesaving measures on the victim, but they were unsuccessful.

Investigators identified the victim’s estranged husband, 49-year-old David Hernandez, as the primary suspect in the case.

Authorities said the couple separated and a year after that separation, David allegedly started “stalking Lisa and would randomly show up at her place of employment.”

He also reportedly sent her a bouquet of flowers that included lilies, which she is “highly allergic” to and they are also known as the “death flower.”

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Investigators also found a tracking device on Lisa’s vehicle, which had “been linked to David.”

On the day of Lisa’s death, police said David “staged a burglary,” then dumped evidence into Lake Pontchartrain. Investigators were able to eventually recover the specific items he dropped in the water.

On April 15, Hernandez was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, officials said. He was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.


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