Brandon Lavergne Murder Case Update - KLFY News 10

Brandon Lavergne Murder Case Update

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New documents have been filed in the Fifteenth Judicial District Court in the case of the state of Louisiana versus Brandon Scott Lavergne.

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The documents submitted by prosecuting attorney Keith Stutes indicate the state intends to seek the death penalty against Lavergne for the abductions and murders of Lisa Pate in July of 1999 and Mickey Shunick in May of this year.

Pates skeletal remains were discovered just a couple of months after her disappearance hidden under some boards in a field outside of Church Point.

The documents reveal law enforcement obtained over 30 search warrants during the course of its investigation.

Stutes says some of those documents will include statements Lavergne gave to his insurance company after he allegedly set fire to his truck in Texas to destroy any possible evidence in the Shunick case.

As well as statements Lavergne is alleged to have made to law enforcement and hospital officials in New Orleans where he sought treatment for stab wounds on the same day Shunick disappeared.

Shunick's bicycle was found just days after her disappearance under interstate ten at the whiskey bay exit.

But the 22 year olds body has never been found. Stutes says he also intends to prove Lavergne set fire to his truck in Texas in order to destroy any possible evidence and then reported it stolen.

Lavergne's statement to his insurance company, along with statements he gave to hospital and law enforcement officials in New Orleans to explain stab wounds he was treated for the same day Shunick disappeared will also be used as evidence.

In order to help establish a pattern of criminal behavior Stutes says he intends to present evidence of Lavergne's previous conviction for aggravated oral sexual battery in 1999, as well as his more recent alleged attempts to conceal his status as a sex offender.

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