LAFAYETTE, La. (KPLC) - Kevin Daigle is guilty of first-degree murder of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent. 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 in 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.
The prosecution is pursuing the death penalty for Daigle. The penalty phase will start on Wednesday.
The state rested its case Tuesday morning and the defense put on its side, starting with dash cam video and audio from inside the police car where Daigle was put after his arrest.
In the video the jurors could not see Daigle for upwards of an hour but could hear him screaming at the top of his lungs, cursing, crying and pleading that he was hot and hurting and that he had been beaten.
Daigle was cuffed and maybe otherwise restrained, repeatedly pounding his fists, feet, or both in tandem, in the police car.
Then he’s heard pleading, “What did I do?” and saying he didn’t do anything.
There are a few moments of silence when Daigle may have been out of the vehicle but he is eventually taken to a hospital where he is swabbed for DNA and his blood-alcohol level is tested.
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