Death investigation resutls in Kenner parolee arrest

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 Date:     12/12/17

Death investigation results in Kenner parolee arrest for second degree murder


 KENNER - On Monday, December 11, 2017, the Kenner Police Department arrested Alex Sanders, 38, of 313 27th Street, in Kenner and charged him with the crime of second degree murder.


 The arrest is based on an investigation which began on Sunday, November 12, 2017, in which the Kenner Police Department responded to a call at Sander’s residence concerning a 37-year-old female, identified as Amy Cancienne who was found unresponsive and cold to touch.  Cancienne’s death was pronounced on scene and her body transported to the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office to await an autopsy. 


 At the time of Canicenne’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.  Once home, she complained of pain, requested and ingested six packets of “BC powder” before laying down, only to be found stiff and unresponsive later.  Members also claimed that Cancienne was homeless and engaged in prostitution. 


 On Monday, November 13, 2017, an autopsy was performed on Amy Cancienne at the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office.  As the result of the autopsy, it was determined that Cancienne’s death was a homicide due to blunt force trauma.   Cancienne was found to have internal bleeding from a laceration she suffered to her liver.  She also had bruising to her face, head, arms, torso and had multiple broken ribs which were all in various stages of healing. 


 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.  It was also learned that Sanders had beaten Cancienne during the time frame in which she received the fatal injury to her liver. 


 At the time of this press release, Alex Sanders remains in custody, no bond has been set.   It should be noted that Sanders is presently on parole, due to a 1996 conviction for attempted first degree murder from St. John Parish, and an aggravated battery conviction from Winn Parish.  Sanders was released from the Department of Corrections on 11/20/2011 on parole, and is under the supervision of Probation and Parole until 9/1/2025.


 Kenner Police Chief Michael J. Glaser encourages anyone who may have any information regarding Any Cancienne or Alex Sanders to contact Kenner Police Detective Arthur Coll at (504) 712-2398. 




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