COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A man who allegedly asked a gas station
clerk how to clean bloodstains has pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in the killing of an Oklahoma woman who had second thoughts about joining the Ku Klux Klan.
State District Judge Reginald "Reggie" Badeaux sentenced 21-year-old Frank Stafford to four years in prison after accepting his plea last week in the Nov. 9 death of 43-year-old Cynthia Lynch of Tulsa.
Authorities have said Lynch was killed after she told 44-year-old Raymond "Chuck" Foster, the alleged imperial wizard of the Bogalusa Sons of Dixie Knights, that she wanted to go home.
St. Tammany Parish Assistant District Attorney Julie Knight said Monday that Thursday's plea was unexpected and unscheduled. Defense attorney James Mecca did not return calls for comment.