Lease this WebApp and get rid of the ads.
LA: Gerald J. Bordelon set to die by lethal injection
Thu Jan 7, 2010 11:25

Thursday, January 7, 2010
Condemned killer set to die by lethal injection
Advocate Baker - Zachary bureau
Published: Jan 7, 2010 - Page: 1A

ANGOLA — Condemned killer Gerald J. Bordelon is facing his execution
tonight with the “positive mindset” of a man who has a debt to pay,
Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain said Wednesday.

Bordelon, 47, is scheduled to die by lethal injection between 6 p.m.
and 9 p.m. for the November 2002 strangulation of his stepdaughter,
12-year-old Courtney LeBlanc, after he kidnapped her from her Denham
Springs home and forced her to commit a sex act in Mississippi.

If the execution is carried out, Bordelon will be the first Louisiana
inmate put to death in modern times who rejected all appeals of his
conviction and death sentence.

“His mindset is real positive. It’s kind of a troubling thing in a
way, because he said he wants to go on and be executed because he
might do it again if he got out or something,” Cain told reporters
outside the prison’s death chamber Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s almost like he did a horrible, horrible thing, and he wants to
pay for it — he wants to do it. There’s no denial in him at all. You
can tell he wishes it didn’t happen, but it did,” Cain said. “He’s
just waiting on the clock.”

Cain visited with Bordelon a few minutes before he spoke to
reporters. He said he will meet with family members of Courtney
LeBlanc today. Several relatives of the victim are scheduled to
witness the execution.

Asked if Bordelon could stop the execution by changing his mind about
appealing the 2006 conviction and death sentence handed down by a
Livingston Parish jury, Cain replied, “There’s no turning back, it

When Cain visited his cell Tuesday night, Bordelon asked to make a
phone call, the warden said.

“There was someone he wanted to call and get his business straight;
to say he was sorry. So he did, and he gave those people some
assurances they needed, and I thought it was a very honorable thing
to do: without going on to eternity, or wherever he’s going, and
leaving them wondering, ‘What?’ ” Cain said.

Cain said the phone call was not made to a member of Courtney
LeBlanc’s family.

When he married Jennifer Kocke, the victim’s mother, in 2001,
Bordelon was a twice-convicted sex offender on parole with a
prohibition against having contact with minors.

The state Parole Board, however, modified the terms of Bordelon’s
parole to allow unsupervised contact with minors as long as the
parent or guardian knew of his sex crime history.

Bordelon was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in
1982 to sexual battery, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison
for his 1990 conviction for forcible rape and two counts of
aggravated crime against nature. He was paroled before serving the
entire sentence.

  • January 3, 2010 Condemned killer fought for execution By Alison Bath “I’m not one of the guys who (sic) is going to say: ‘I’m not guilty.’ I am guilty. If someone did to my... more
    • District Attorney weighs in on Bordelon execution Posted: Jan 07, 2010 3:31 AM By David Spunt - email HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Thursday evening, convicted child rapist and murderer Gerald Bordelon is set ... more
      • January 7, 2010 Fight to die won't affect other cases By Alison Bath Condemned child killer Gerald Bordelon vigorously fought for — and won — the right to waive all appeals of ... more
    • LA: Gerald J. Bordelon set to die by lethal injection — Petra, Thu Jan 7 11:25
Click here to receive daily updates
List by Petra Hädrich-Kabacali (moderated)