The states case against two men accused in the beating death of a Lafayette college student is taking longer than expected. In March of 2011 Ian Trahan and Wayland Guillory were indicted on charges of second degree murder in connection with the beating death of Kenneth Donnely. Both pleaded not guilty. According to their attorney, Tommy Guilbeau, both men were in court Friday for a pre-trial hearing to review video statements made to police.
Guilbeau also took the opportunity to ask the judge to suppress at least some of that video statement. Because the proceedings took longer than expected the judge adjourned the hearing until next month.
In October of 2010 Lafayette Police say Trahan and Guillory forced their way into a house on McKinely Street where they beat Donnelly to death and also attacked Rufus fells, who was also sleeping inside.
Trahan and Guillory are each facing one count of second degree murder and one count of attempted second degree murder.
Funeral Arrangements Made For Slain UL Student
Funeral services have been set for the victim of Lafayette's latest homicide.
Visitation is set for Tuesday with the funeral on Wednesday at Lake Lawn Funeral Home in Metairie for Kenneth Donnely Junior.
Police say Donnely was found dead at his home on McKinley Street by his roommate. According to sources, that roommate also found Rufus Fells in critical condition.
Police say the two victims were attacked in their home, with a blunt, metal object, but couldn't find signs of forced entry. Anyone with information should call Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.
UL Student Slain
Police are following up on leads in the homicide of a UL student on McKinley Street in Lafayette.
Police say Kenneth Donnely Junior was found dead at his residence on McKinley Street by his roommate Thursday afternoon.
According to sources, that roommate also found Rufus Fells of Alexandria in critical condition.
Police say the two victims were attacked in their home with a blunt metal object but couldn't find signs of forced entry. Public Affairs Officer Mark Francis said the public can call police, and they don't have to identify themselves.
"Your anonymity is protected; we're just interested in finding those individuals that are responsible for this serious crime."
If you'd like to submit a tip about this or any other case, call Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.
McKinley Street Homicide victim identified
KLFY TV 10 has learned the identity of the person found beaten to death in a house on McKinley Street in Lafayette. According to a statement from the University of Lafayette obtained by Eyewitness News, the victim is identified as Kenneth Paul Donnely Jr, a freshman from Alexandria who attended ULL.
In the statement, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette says, "We are saddened by the loss of one its students. The University wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Kenneth Donnely Jr."
McKinley Street Homicide
Lafayette Police are investigating a homicide in the 300 block of McKinley Street.
Initial reports indicate that two men were found in the house, one person dead, one in critical condition, both white men in their early 20s. At this point is possible the victims are UL students, but authorities are not certain.
Authorities responded to a 911 called placed at 2:07 pm. The person, who called 911, is reportedly the third resident who lives in the house and had just returned from a trip to find them.
Lafayette Police Department Public Affairs Officer Mark Francis says police are hard up for leads at this point in their investigation.
Francis said anyone with information about what happened should call Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.
Tune into future editions of Eyewitness news for more on this developing story.
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