‘Teacher of the Year’ murdered; co-worker arrested

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BATON ROUGE, La.  — A Louisiana assistant principal is facing a murder charge in the death of a pregnant co-worker who allegedly threatened to expose their relationship.

Robert Marks already was jailed on a kidnapping charge Friday when Baton Rouge police said the 39-year-old had been arrested on new charges of first-degree murder and first-degree feticide in the death of 40-year-old Lyntell Washington, who was once named “Teacher of the Year,” according to WAFB.

Washington’s body was found in a ditch Tuesday. A coroner said she died from a gunshot wound to her head.

Police arrested Marks on June 9 after Washington’s 3-year-old daughter was found alone near her mother’s car.

Marks is an assistant principal at Brookstown Magnet Honors Academy, where Washington worked as an instructional specialist.

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