Parolee booked in Kenner murder case

Chris Miller
December 12, 2017 - 11:34 am

Kenner Police say a paroled felon beat a woman to death. Officers booked 38-year-old Alex Sanders on a charge of second degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Amy Cancienne.

The investigation began Sunday, November 12, when police were called to the suspect's residence, where Cancienne had been found unresponsive and cold to the touch. 

"At the time of Cancienne’s death, members of Sanders residence claimed Cancienne who had serious medical problems, along with a history of drug abuse, had arrived home in an intoxicated state," said Kenner Police spokesman Lt. Brian McGregor. "Members also claimed that Cancienne was homeless and engaged in prostitution."

Authorities say the autopsy revealed Cancienne died from blunt force trauma. She showed signs of internal bleeding, a lacerated liver, multiple broken ribs in various stages of healing, as well as bruises to her face, head, arms, and upper body.

"As the result of the investigation, Kenner Police learned that Cancienne had been physically abused by Alex Sanders over the last six years and that the abuse had recently intensified," said McGregor. "It was also learned that Sanders had beaten Cancienne during the time frame in which she received the fatal injury to her liver."

Police arrested Sanders Monday. McGregor said Sanders has been on parole since 2011, following a 1996 conviction for attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery.

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