KENNER, LA (WVUE) - A Kenner parolee is in jail without bond for second-degree murder of a woman police say he was in a relationship with.
Alex Sanders, 38, was arrested Monday after a month-long investigation.
Police found 37-year-old Amy Cancienne dead on Nov. 12 from what they initially thought was a drug overdose.
Those at Sanders' residence said Cancienne had serious medical problems, was involved in prostitution and had a history of drug abuse.
However, autopsy results proved differently.
"They saw some bruising that was very concerning throughout the body. They found that she had a lacerated liver that could only be only be done by blunt force trauma, and they told us at that time they were going to lean at that time toward a homicide," said Lt. Brian McGregor with the Kenner Police Department.
He said the two had been together for six years and police had responded to reports of abuse. Police say Sanders had beaten Cancienne during the time she received a fatal injury to her liver.
McGregor added that Sanders was on parole for attempted first-degree murder in 1996 and has an extensive violent criminal history. He also had an aggravated battery conviction, and is under supervision of Probation and Parole until 9/1/2025.
The pair have two young sons together.