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Graphic by Jim McAlpin, Natchitoches Times

Mike LaCaze case featured on Oxygen network program

BY BENJAMIN H. SMITH for the Oxygen network

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Mike LaCaze and Meryland Robinson were the closest of friends with a bond that went back 20 years. “Him and Meryland grew up like brothers. Where you seen one, you seen the other,” Mike’s ex-wife, Rhonda Sanders, told Oxygen’s “Snapped,” which aired Sunday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. on Oxygen.

Snapped airs Sundays at 5 p.m. on Oxygen

Their fraternal bond, however, wouldn’t prevent Robinson from having an affair with Mike’s second wife, Princess LaCaze, and from killing his best friend when Princess asked him to.  Mike LaCaze wanted to be a cowboy from an early age. He was born in 1955, just south of Natchitoches, a small town closer in proximity and culture to Texas than New Orleans.   “He always was out with the rest of them cowboys. He went and rode bulls for awhile just to show off to people that he could do it,” Mike’s brother, Joe LaCaze, told producers.

In 1974, Mike married Rhonda Sanders. He had just graduated from high school and she was only 14 years old. “I was in love. Mike could be very funny, playful, joking,” Rhonda told “Snapped.” They had two children, Michael Jr., born in 1978, and William, born in 1981. To support his family, Mike worked for Smith Cattle, and was with the company for over 20 years.

This scene from the show depicts Princess LaCaze being interrogated by detectives. Image courtesy The Hive

Just kids when they were married, Mike and Rhonda grew apart over the course of their marriage, and divorced in 1990 after 16 years together.

Mike then met Princess Potmesil while working for her father, Joe. At the time, she was a 30-year-old divorcée with three young children….

TO READ THE FULL STORY, PICK UP A COPY OF THE DEC. 24 PRINT EDITION.  THE PROGRAM CAN BE SEEN ON OXYGEN.COM. IT IS SEASON 28, EPISODE 16.