After two years awaiting trial, and two weeks of testimony, it only took two hours on Saturday for a jury to declare Vince Marinello guilty of killing his estranged wife, Liz Marinello. The New Orleans sportscaster, who has been under house arrest during this time, is now locked up in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, awaiting sentencing. The mandatory punishment for second degree murder is life in prison without parole. 24th Judicial District Judge Conn Regan, who tried the case, will sentence the 71 year old Marinello in January. To read the strange story that led up to the trial, click here.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.