HOUMA, La. (AP) — Denise Freeman was just getting to know her new husband, Benjamin, before her death. There was the smiling Ben, dancing on a chair on his 38th birthday in October. Then there was the troubling Ben, handed a citation weeks later alleging domestic battery against his wife.
The day after Christmas, authorities say, Benjamin Freeman drowned his wife in a bathtub before embarking on a shooting spree that left two others dead and three others wounded. In a last violent act, he turned a shotgun on himself, taking his life.
The rampage stunned Louisiana's community of Houma, southwest of New Orleans. It also raised questions whether Louisiana law provides adequate safeguards for keeping guns out of the hands of troubled people — a concern raised elsewhere in the U.S.