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Louisiana Supreme Court upholds conviction of Mathews woman in deaths of her children


THIBODAUX, Louisiana — A 48-year-old Mathews woman serving consecutive life sentences for killing her two young children has lost her bid to overturn her convictions.

The Daily Comet reports (http://bit.ly/1jJSk3d) the Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday rejected Amy Hebert's claims that her trial attorney provided a constitutionally inadequate defense in 2009. The court concluded that Hebert also failed to show her appeals attorneys ignored issues and that there was no "reasonable probability" she would have won on appeal if her attorneys had raised other issues.

A jury in Thibodaux found Hebert, who is serving her sentence at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel, guilty in 2009 of Camille, 9, and son Braxton, 7, at their home.

Hebert pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Jurors declined to impose a death sentence sought by prosecutors.

The court cited 17th Judicial District Judge Jeromme J. Barbera III's ruling in 2014, which denied Hebert's request to overturn her first-degree murder conviction and sentence, in the decision.

Barbera concluded that "defense counsel used their experience and training in the most skillful manner to properly defend the petitioner against the charge."

Police described Hebert's attack on her children as particularly violent, with her former father-in-law having to break into her house Aug. 20, 2007. Teachers had noticed the children hadn't shown up for school, and their mother hadn't gone to work.

R.J. "Buck" Hebert testified that followed a trail of blood to the master bedroom, where he found Hebert in bed with the two dead children.

"A lot of blood," Buck Hebert said in court. "And when I walked in I saw Camille laying . full of blood."

Deputies used a Taser to separate Hebert from the children she was clutching. Deputies also found the family's dog dead in the bed as well as a multiple knives.

Along with attacking the children, Hebert, a former teacher's aide at Lockport Lower Elementary, stabbed or cut herself 19 times, leaving gaping lacerations on her wrists, stab wounds in her eyelids and deep puncture wounds in her neck and chest.

Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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