PODCAST. “Crimes d’Occitanie”: Laurent Baca had been killed and walled up in Toulouse, Edith Scavaretti was released from prison
Our “Crimes d’Occitanie” podcast series allows you to rediscover the region’s major criminal cases in audio format. In this episode, return to the murder of Laurent Baca, which occurred in August 2014 in Toulouse. His body had been found sunk in cement in the attic of his house. Edith Scaravetti, her company and the mother of their three children, had been convicted of this murder. She was released from prison in September.
On August 6, 2014, in Toulouse, those close to Laurent Baca had no news from him. This 37-year-old man, who lives on Chemin de Tucaut, in the Saint-Simon district, is nowhere to be found. The national police are seized of a report for “worrying disappearance”.
The family sticks up posters all over the neighborhood and contemplates all the hypotheses. Did he leave his home on purpose? The couple’s relationship was complicated. Maybe he had a bad meeting? Even the trail of suicide is mentioned. Meanwhile, Edith Scaravetti, her company and the mother of their three children, remains strangely calm and repeatedly evokes the trail of a drug trade that has gone wrong.
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Police conduct a search of the couple’s home, with the consent of the investigating judge, on November 20. Edith Scaravetti collapses and confesses. She confesses to having killed her companion after a violent argument, on the night of August 5 to 6. He’s hidden in the attic, she confides. Investigators find in the attic, just above the children’s room, a concrete sarcophagus, in which the body of Laurent Baca was poured.
She was placed in police custody, indicted for “intentional homicide of a partner” and imprisoned. She then makes revelations about their couple, tormented. According to her, Laurent drank, often and too much, imposed everything, and was sometimes brutal, angry. According to her lawyers, Me Boguet and Me Cathala, she “lived through hell alongside a domestic tyrant”.
What really happened that night? According to Edith, Laurent would have woken her up, thrown to the ground, insulted, hit and threatened her with a 22 long rifle rifle. It is while trying to tear off the rifle that she would have provoked the fatal blow, by shooting him in the head.
Three months of silence
She then declares to have concealed Laurent Baca under a blanket, on the sofa, as if he was sleeping. In the morning, she brought their children to the day center. She would have hidden her body in the garden, under the pergola. Before going up into the attic a few weeks later and pouring cement over it.
Edith Scaravetti lived more than three months in silence. Comment Could she have kept such a heavy secret? In defense, the young woman was still under the influence of her companion … “She was locked in a virtual prison. She always spoke of it in the present tense, she was convinced that he was not dead,” says Me Boguet, Edith Scaravetti’s lawyer. “The suspicion grew over the weeks, without one can imagine the terrible truth”, comments Me Lebonjour, the lawyer of the Baca family.
She emerges free from the first trial
March 2018. Edith Scaravetti’s trial opens before the Haute-Garonne Assize Court. She faces life imprisonment. In the news, the MeToo movement is gaining momentum and Jacqueline Sauvage was pardoned 15 months earlier. The luck of the drawing of lots designated several women among the jurors. In the courtroom, two theses clash. Is she the victim or the culprit? Is she the beaten, humiliated woman who killed her executioner by accident? Or a cold and Machiavellian murderer, who seeks to assess her responsibility?
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Members of the Baca family want to know the truth. Jennifer, Laurent Baca’s sister, has only one wish: “That she be condemned. We hope that she will have a sentence corresponding to the crime she committed. And maybe we can find some semblance of life afterwards. “
The Advocate General refuses the defense thesis and requires 20 years’ imprisonment. However, Edith Scaravetti was only sentenced to 3 years in prison for manslaughter. The court considered the reality of the previous violence, the fact that it did not know that the rifle was loaded and therefore declared that it was an accident.
10 years in prison on appeal
That same evening, she left the women’s quarter of the Seysses remand center. Free, since she has already spent three years behind bars. The prosecution appealed against this decision. She is retried in Montauban, May 13, 2019. The jury sentenced her to 10 years in prison, for murder this time. A phrase better accepted by the family of the deceased. “She wanted to pass herself off as the victim when precisely the victim was not there”, comments Grégory Baca, brother of Laurent Baca.
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The couple’s three children were placed with three foster families, geographically close. They continued to see their mother regularly as well as the Baca family. Edith Scaravetti was released from prison in mid-September 2021.
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