Hailed five years ago, now fired, jailed

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Alaijah Keller has gone from the statehouse to the jail house.

Five years ago this summer she and her Peabody Magnet teammates were commended by the Louisiana Senate for their state championship powerlifting feats.

Five days ago Keller, then a deputy corrections officer, was charged with the attempted murder of a Rapides Jail inmate. She has since been fired, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators have not commented on what led to Keller’s alleged early morning confrontation with an inmate in a secured section of the downtown jail. Nor have they released the inmate’s name.

RPSO said the 2:30 a.m. encounter resulted in Keller allegedly producing a sharp instrument in an attempt to cut the inmate. Keller and the inmate were restrained by deputies alerted to the altercation No injuries were reported.

Keller is charged with attempted second-degree murder, introduction of contraband into a penal facility and malfeasance in office. Bond was set at $305,000.