GONZALEZ, La. (AP) - A 38-year-old man accused of beating his estranged wife to death with a baseball bat has been indicted on first-degree murder.

The Advocate reports David L. Johnson Sr. strangled and beat his wife, 45-year-old Monica Johnson, outside their home in Geismar on Aug. 9.  Deputies say Johnson also broke the arm of her 18-year-old son when he tried to defend his mother.

An Ascension Parish grand jury handed up the indictment Friday. Johnson also was indicted on violation of a protective order.

A temporary restraining order that prohibited Johnson from going to the home was in place at the time of his wife's death.

Johnson is being held in the parish jail without bond and will face arraignment soon.

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