Bridget Mize, 35, of the 200 block of Adair Street, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of bigamy after her first two husbands contacted the sheriff's office, realizing neither had divorced Mize after their marriages ended.
Mize first married in Dallas County, Texas, in 1993. The union was abusive by Mize's accounts, and when she wanted out, her husband told her he took care of the paperwork, according to Bossier sheriff's spokesman Lt. Ed Baswell. Mize said she never saw papers. Because her first husband never filed for divorce, Mize still remains legally married to the man. She married again in Caddo in 2005. Baswell said Mize's second husband was arrested in Bossier City for his third DWI. Instead of divorcing him, Mize moved on.
Mize married for the third time in Columbia County, Arkansas, in 2007. Baswell said he doesn't believe Mize married multiple men out of malice or in search of gain, but did so because she was trying to lead a normal life under difficult circumstances.
He said the first case involved misplaced and misguided trust while the second had to do with her impoverished lifestyle.
Louisiana law prescribes a fine of not more than $1,000, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both in cases of bigamy.
By Adam Duvernay of the Shreveport Times