Grand Jury Indicts

Grand Jury Files 2nd Degree Murder Indictment

The LaSalle Parish Grand Jury has filed a second-degree murder indictment against Michael James Worley, a 56-year-old Pineville, LA man, in connection with the shooting death of his wife.  LaSalle Parish District Attorney, Reed Walters, convened the Grand Jury on May 14, 2014, to hear testimony regarding the death of Mary Worley.

Worley reported his wife missing on March 13, 2014.  Rapides Parish detectives found Mary Worley’s body on Friday, March 14, 2014, on a rural road just off LA HWY 28 near the Rapides-LaSalle Parish lines.  Mrs. Worley died from a gunshot wound.

Sheriff Scott Franklin said LaSalle and Rapides Sheriff Detectives conducted an intense investigation into the suspected homicide.  As a result of the investigation, LaSalle authorities obtained a warrant for the arrest of Michael James Worley for second-degree murder.

On March 18, 2014, Rapides Parish authorities arrested the suspect at his home at 320 Nickel Loop near Pineville, LA.   At the time of arrest, Franklin said his Office had more than enough evidence to support the arrest of Worley.

Worley has been returned to the LaSalle Correctional Center, where he has been held since his arrest, with a bond set at $250,000.

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 was employed at the Walmart Supercenter in Pineville, LA, at the time of her death.

Walters said Worley would be arraigned in 28th Judicial District Court with a trial date to be set at time of arraignment.