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July 06, 2020

Grand Jury Indicts Lacombe Man In Murder of Girlfriend

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted
Fernando Randolph Cortez (26) of Lacombe Thursday (July 3, 2020) on a charge of second degree murder. Cortez is accused of stabbing to death Sandra Aldridge, his live-in girlfriend, on April 17, 2020. The case has been assigned to District Judge William J. Knight.

The St. Tammany Sheriff's Office previously reported that Cortez called 911 to report that he had stabbed his girlfriend and himself during in altercation at their residence. Deputies located the mutilated body of a deceased female inside the residence.

Cortez was still at the residence when deputies arrived, and he became combative, forcing deputies to use non-life-threatening means to subdue him. Once in custody, he was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for non-life threatening stab wounds to his face and shoulder area. Cortez reportedly told deputies his stab wounds were self-inflicted.

Upon his release from the hospital, Cortez was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Second-Degree.

Assistant District Attorney William Macke presented the case to the grand jury.

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