LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A jury in the penalty phase of the Kevin Daigle trial has decided on the death penalty.
Closing arguments were held in Lake Charles today, due to the threat of severe weather in Lafayette.
The state was seeking death for Daigle for first-degree murder of Trooper Steven Vincent, while the defense worked to convince the jury that Daigle’s life should be spared.
Kevin Daigle was found guilty of first-degree murder of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent earlier in July. The 12-person jury went into deliberations at 3:47 p.m. and returned to court with a verdict at 4:05 p.m.
Daigle was on trial for the 2015 shooting death of Vincent, who he killed during a traffic stop near Bell City.
Before the shooting happened, Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent seemed to be trying to help an intoxicated Kevin Daigle, who was in a truck that was in a ditch on the side of Fruge Road. Dashcam video showed Vincent trying to determine if Daigle had been driving the vehicle since he was sitting on the passenger side. Vincent even offered to give the stranded Daigle a ride when, after Vincent walked several times between Daigle’s vehicle and his State Police Unit, Daigle pulled out a sawed-off shotgun, turned toward Vincent, and shot him in the head.
Soon after, several passers-by stopped and subdued Daigle while also trying to help Vincent. The men prosecutors called good Samaritans also used Vincent’s state police radio to call for help.