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Jan 3, 2014 7:41 PM by Tina Macias

Manslaughter defendant sues Youngsville PD

A woman awaiting trial for manslaughter her boyfriend is claiming that the Youngsville Police Department didn't do enough to protect her from domestic violence that she says lead to the killing.

Tammy Romero, 42, in a federal lawsuit, claims she was the victim of domestic abuse for about 18 months leading up to Victor Wirtz's July 2012 death. Romero says she unsuccessfully tried to get help from the police department, according to the suit filed against the Youngsville Police Department, Chief Earl Menard and several individuals officers. All have denied any wrongdoing in court documents.

Romero received a protective order against Wirtz in district court in June 2011. Shortly after, Romero alleges Wirtz violated the order and abused her again. Officers responded to the incident but did not arrest Wirtz, according to the lawsuit. That protective order was dismissed in July 2011, according to court documents.

Romero says she was again attacked on July 23, 2012, the day of the killing, and she says she shot Wirtz to protect her own life.

Romero initially was charged with second-degree murder in the killing, but in October 2012, a grand jury indicted her on a lesser charge -- manslaughter. That case is set to go to trial in February.

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