The trial for a former Natchitoches police officer accused of murder is set for Monday, Sept. 28 in Sabine Parish.
Authorities say Robert Barthelemy was transferred from the Caddo Correctional Center to the Sabine Parish Detention Center Thursday.
Barthelemy was indicted on first degree murder, second degree kidnapping and home invasion charges back in 2013 for allegedly kidnapping and murdering 25-year-old Tony Procell.
Authorities said the abduction was captured clearly on home surveillance video. The two men, who served in the National Guard together, apparently got into some sort of dispute over a woman.
Barthelemy was captured after a multi-parish chase and standoff in DeSoto Parish the morning after Procell’s abduction.
Procell’s body was found 5 days after his disappearance, when Barthelemy’s father-in-law came across a shovel caked with fresh mud near the edge of Saline Lake in the Kisatchie National Forest. It was in an area where the two hunted together in the past.
Cadaver dogs were called in from Red River Parish and quickly alerted on a shallow grave. Procell’s remains were ultimately identified, and the cause of death determined to be blunt force trauma.
Jury selection in the case against Barthelemy is scheduled to begin Monday at 9:00 a.m. in Opelousas. Court officials say jurors will be selected from St. Landry Parish.
First degree murder is a capital offense, which means Barthelemy could face the death penalty.
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