BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (WBRSO) has charged Christina Pourciau, Gerald Pouricau’s wife, with obstruction of justice. Gerald Pourciau was charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice nearly one year after his wife of 42 years, Mary Pourciau, was found dead in their home.

Christina Pourciau’s mugshot. Photo courtesy of WBRSO.

Details of the case grabbed the community’s attention after an award-winning podcast dove into what the family felt was a slow-moving investigation.

In March, Mary was found dead in her home. Her siblings grew frustrated with WBRSO for not solving the case so they turned to Woody Overton, host of the podcast Real Life Real Crime.

“The detective told the family there was no way they were ever able to make an arrest unless he came in and confessed, but I knew that wasn’t true,” said Overton.

From the very beginning, Mary’s family suspected her husband, Gerald “Peanut” Pourciau, had murdered her, telling Overton in an interview that Gerald had a history of domestic violence and his behavior was odd after her passing.

“It was a lot of things, he was the last one with her, his stories never matched up, he secretly got married within six months while he’s still telling the family that he’s doing this grieving and everything else,” Overton explained.

Before becoming the host of his own podcast, Overton was a Livingston Parish detective and was with the Louisiana State Police before retiring in 2013. He said this case should have been solved months ago.

“They had way more than enough probable cause,” said Overton. “They screwed up the investigation from the beginning.”

Overton applauded WBRSO for arresting him and said the detective on the case should face repercussions.

“Kudos to them for stepping up now, it’s sad that it has to come after the pressure but they did the right thing,” said Overton.

Gerald was booked into the West Baton Rouge Detention Center where he reportedly worked as a warden years ago. No bond has been set at this time. BRProud reached out to WBRSO for comment but they have not responded.

Mary left behind four children, sisters, a brother, and many grandchildren.