2nd Degree Murder

Man Charged with 2nd Degree Murder in Death of His Wife

A 56-year-old Pineville man has been charged in LaSalle Parish with second-degree murder, in the shooting death of his wife on March 13, 2014 in the southern part of the parish, according to Sheriff Scott Franklin.

Michael James Worley was arrested at his home at 320 Nickel Loop, near Pineville, LA, by Rapides Parish sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 on a fugitive warrant issued in LaSalle Parish.

Worley is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Mary Worley, also 56, of the same address. Worley was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail and then released to the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office for transfer to LaSalle Parish.  He is being held at the LaSalle Correctional Center in Urania, LA, with bond set at $250,000.

Rapides Parish detectives found Mary Worley’s body on Friday, March 14, 2014, in a gravel pit just off LA HWY 28, near the Rapides-LaSalle line. Michael Worley reported his wife missing on Thursday, a day before her body was found.  Autopsy results are pending, but LaSalle Sheriff Franklin confirmed that Mary Worley was shot in the back of the head.

Detectives from both the LaSalle and Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Offices joined forces to conduct an intense investigation into the murder.  Franklin said that his office had “tons of evidence” to support the arrest of Michael Worley, but the sheriff was reluctant to give anything away earlier, for fear that Worley would run.

By early Tuesday morning, LaSalle Parish District Attorney J. Reed Walters had reviewed the evidence and the arrest warrant for Worley was secured and sent to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office to serve.

According to reports, neither Michael Worley nor Mary Worley had any previous arrests or citations issued through Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office or the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Rapides.  “Mary Worley didn’t even have a traffic citation,” Lt. Tommy Carnline, spokesman for the Rapides Sheriff’s Office said.

Mary Worley was employed at the Walmart in Pineville and friends and co-workers held a candlelight vigil and memorial for her on Monday night, March 17, 2014.

“I want to commend all of the deputies and detectives from both LaSalle and Rapides for their swift investigation into this terrible crime. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary’s family and friends,” said Sheriff Franklin shortly after the arrest was made.