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LaSalle Parish accidental hunting death follow-up

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Morris "Fred" Laiche, III Morris "Fred" Laiche, III

LASALLE PARISH, La., (KNOE 8 News) - According to authorities, Morris Laiche, III, who was also  called "Fred", had a record of problems with law-enforcement dating back to 2009.

Laiche was killed in what was termed an accidental shooting at the Wild West Hunting Club in LaSalle Parish. The shooting occurred on Christmas Eve.

Authorities have now released information indicating that in 2011, Laiche pleaded guilty to rioting, connected to a 2009 incident near the Livingston-Tangipahoa parish line.

Three years ago, investigators said a fight broke out on Longleaf Drive. Four people were shot, including Trent Stewart who was killed in the ordeal. Then, Laiche was accused of shooting Stewart and was charged with murder.

Eventually, prosecutors downgraded the charges to rioting, claiming the shooting was in self-defense.

In LaSalle Parish, Sheriff Scott Franklin said that other people convicted for taking part in the 2009 riot were also at the hunting camp with Laiche when he was killed. They could face charges for illegally having a gun.

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