UPDATE: Conviction Upheld
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An appellate court has upheld the manslaughter conviction of a man serving a one-year home detention sentence for the December 2009 shooting death of David Trahan.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed Jerry Steinle's conviction Wednesday.
Judge Edward Rubin found Steinle guilty in August 2011 after a bench trial in Lafayette Parish.
During the trial, Steinle testified he shot Trahan three times in self-defense after Trahan struck him across the face during a confrontation under Steinle's carport. The encounter occurred after Trahan wrote "Jerry has sex with little boys" across Steinle's door.
The court found the state did meet its burden of proof that the Steinle did not shoot the victim in self-defense.
A defense attorney says he will appeal to the state Supreme Court.
UPDATE: Shooting Victim and Suspect Had History
As a result of the ongoing investigation, detectives discovered that the victim of the shooting and the suspect had a previous encounter in July of 2005. The victim, who is identified as David Trahan (40) of Lafayette, was issued a misdemeanor summons by the Lafayette Police Department for painting "Pedophile" on the roof of the suspect's, Jerry Steinle (60), residence at 345 Rena Drive. On the day of the shooting Trahan was beneath the carport area of the residence defacing the door when he was confronted by Steinle. A disturbance ensued and Steinle allegedly shot Trahan multiple times. Trahan then ran into the front yard where he collapsed and died. Jerry Steinle was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder on the evening of the shooting. The case remains under investigation.
Rena Drive Shooting Investigated
Original Release: December 11, 2009 @ 5:30 pm
On December 10, 2009, at approximately 3:11 pm, officers with the Lafayette Police Department responded to 345 Rena Drive regarding a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene they found a male subject lying dead in the front yard of the residence. Investigators indicate that a disturbance occurred between the victim, a 40 year old male of Lafayette, and the shooter, a 60 year old male. The shooter, who resides at the residence, allegedly produced a gun and shot the victim. The victim died a short time later in the front yard of the residence.
The shooter was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Lafayette Police Department for questioning. The shooting remains under investigation.
One Dead in Lafayette Shooting
Lafayette Police are questioning a man they suspect shot and killed another man in broad daylight in a Lafayette Neighborhood.
Police say the 60 year old suspect lives at the house where the shooting took place on Rena Drive in Lafayette, and that an altercation between the resident and another man resulted in the resident pulling out a gun and shooting the other man.
People who live in the area say this type of violent crime is uncommon in the area, and were disturbed to see the man's lifeless body lying in the front yard.
Police tell us the victim is a 40 year old Lafayette man. The identity of the man in custody or the victim, has not been released.