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Possible Serial Killer Brandon Lavergne Indicted for 2 Murders

LAFAYETTE, LA — Brandon Lavergne, 33, has been indicted for two homicide cases, but investigators say that may not be the end to this story.

“We’re looking into all of our unresolved cases and we’re looking into other areas as well,” Cpt. Kip Judice, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, explained. “Anytime you have a person who you believe to be responsible for multiple deaths, you’re going to review all cold cases. So what we’ve done is established a course of time to determine any missing person cases or homicides that have similarities.”

On Wednesday, July 18, a grand jury in Lafayette indicted Lavergne for the kidnapping and murder of Mickey Shunick. In a surprise twist, he was also indicted for the murder of Lisa Pate, 35, who was reported missing back in June 1999. Unlike Shunick, Pate’s body was recovered three months after she went missing under large boards in a field near Church Point.

“We are confident about Lavergne’s connection to these two cases,” Cpt. Judice, noted. “At this point in time, I am unaware of any other cases that we have such strong evidence.”

Judice noted that Lafayette Parish has roughly two dozen unresolved missing person cases that date back to roughly 1997.

“As much as we’re looking at cases he could have possibly been involved with, we’re also looking to clear him from cases as well,” Cpt. Judice, explained.

Any case that happened between 2000-2008 could not be connected to Lavergne because he was incarcerated for oral sexual battery. He was convicted for typing up, blindfolding and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman from Evangeline Parish back in 1999.

“Everyone initially thought that he would be connected to the Jeff Davis murders, but he was incarcerated at the time, so there’s no possible way he could have been connected to those cases,” Cpt. Judice, said. “Also, he worked off shore, so we need to account for that time and find those cases that fit that timeline.”

For now, investigators are not ruling out any possible matches. Lavergne’s past conviction as well as the two homicides for which he’s been indicted, have striking difference.

“I think these are two distinct cases,” Cpt. Judice, said. “I don’t know what his motive is in the two cases we know about.

“We are pretty confident we know how he accomplished Mickey’s homicide,” he continued. “The information is limited in the Pate case. Yes, we have a clue, but we don’t expect an offender to commit the same crime the same way. For example, Pate wasn’t riding a bike, but Mickey was. The girl in Evangeline Parish was an associate of his, so he knew her, but we don’t think that he knew Mickey or Pate. We have a lot to look at.”

Examining those cold cases brings an added level of difficulty when you factor in the surviving loved ones.

“We want to make sure we have a connection before we contact the loved ones of someone who may have been murdered because we don’t want to give them false hope,” Cpt. Judice, said. “The last thing we would want is to make them feel as though they might get some closure and then not be able to give that to them.”

What’s certain is that the strong attention brought by the Mickey Shunick case is what lead investigators to examine Lavergne as a possible suspect in the first place.

“The one good thing that came out of this is that the media did a good job of keeping this guy looking over his should and keeping him at bay,” Cpt. Judice concluded. “It’s not all law enforcement, it’s a community effort, especially in this case. When this case goes to trial, I think there will be many things that come to light that the community will be proud of because they had a part in uncovering that information. The community really stepped up to the plate.”


Jennings, Louisiana Unsolved Serial Killings

“Kirk Menard mentions that his end of the investigation has slowed down somewhat due to the upcoming Sheriff election. There is concern that whatever tips might be submitted at this time might fall on “deaf ears” until a candidate is in office. He does still have one employee that works undercover in an attempt to continue to gather information. His agency still submits any new tips/leads to the Task Force but now just pretty much gets a “thank you” whereas in the past (prior to the election in progress) they might be asked to try to gather more info on the tip…..go back to the source and ask additional questions. KM was more or less kept at a distance prior to submitting his DNA sample and feels that after he was ‘cleared’ the TF pulled him in closer and at times, even emailed him for information…..and that they were willing to taking any information they could get.”

Murder In Jeff Davis Parish

Behind The Yellow Tape – A Serial Killer in Jennings, LA – Part 12

Host:  Joey Ortega
:  Kirk Menard & Michael Dubois
Airdate:  Fri, Sep 16, 2011

A little ‘disclaimer’ prior to the re-cap…..due to my own time constraints lately, the following was basically typed out without much regard to sentence structure, grammar or punctuation.  In other words…’s rather raw.  None-the-less, I trust that all reading will get the full gist of the interview.  I was ‘alerted’ via several emails, AND phone calls, that if I hadn’t listened to this particular show yet….I REALLY needed to soon.  It took me a little longer than I would have liked it to but, I did finally listen to it.  I have to say, those that ‘alerted’ me about the show WERE right!  Parts of it were quite surprising and really ‘eye opening’ and some of it rather…

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Serial Killer Jeffery Guillory’s Trial Begins.

(CBS/AP) BATON ROUGE, La. – Jury selection is set to begin Monday afternoon in the second-degree murder trial of suspected serial killer Jeffery Lee Guillory.

The 45-year-old Guillory is charged in the strangulation of 46-year-old Renee Newman of Baton Rouge.

Guillory was arrested in December 2009 and booked in the deaths of Newman, Florida Edwards and Sylvia Cobb. Police have said Guillory has twice denied knowing Newman or Edwards, although his DNA matched evidence found at both women’s crime scenes.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Guillory in May 2010 only in the killing of Newman.

Her body was found April 11, 2002.

Guillory reportedly remains a suspect in several other unsolved killings of women in Baton Rouge that occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s.


An interesting twist in this case is that there is a chance that serial killer Sean Vincent Gillis  might be called  to testify.

Attorneys for suspected serial murderer Jeffery Lee Guillory have subpoenaed convicted serial killer Sean Vincent Gillis to testify at Guillory’s upcoming trial and have requested Gillis’ taped police interviews and interrogations, one of Guillory’s attorneys said Wednesday.

Whether Gillis actually takes the witness stand at Guillory’s second-degree murder trial, set for Sept. 19, remains to be seen because the defense cannot call Gillis to the stand if all he intends to do is assert his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.

Guillory’s defense team contends Gillis associated with Renee Newman, the 46-year-old Baton Rouge woman Guillory is accused of killing in 2002.

State District Judge Tony Marabella said Wednesday he will make a determination Sept. 13 regarding Gillis’ “status as a witness in this case.’’

“Mr. Gillis needs to decide what he wants to do. If he pleads the Fifth, the question is why,’’ Franz Borghardt, one of Guillory’s court-appointed attorneys, said after a hearing in the case.

Authorities have alleged that Guillory and Gillis targeted women who led high-risk lifestyles.

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I doubt that Gillis will testify but there is a chance that he will ‘play along’ for the attention. What are they going to do to him if he agrees and then pleads the 5th? Give him a contempt of court charge?


Guillory is also mentioned as a potential suspect in the Jennings Louisiana Killings.

Though Guillory has been in jail since last year on unrelated charges, detectives are also investigating whether he could be involved in a series of murders in Jennings, Louisiana, where cops believe a serial killer is on the loose.

So far, eight women in the town of just 10,546 people have been killed between 2005 and this past August. Many of the murders took place before Guillory was sent to jail on the unrelated charge.

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I have a page on Shutterfly about the unsolved serial murders in Jennings, Louisiana. There are many videos and news links there.

I do not think that that he is the killer in any of the Jennings case though.

The Multi-Agency Task Force in Jefferson Davis Parish is aware of the arrest of Jeffery Guillory by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Although Jeffery Guillory has been on the Task Force’s radar since his arrest by the Jennings Police Department in May 2007, it is important to note that he has been incarcerated since January 25, 2008, and, therefore, could not be responsible for the deaths of Laconia “Muggy” Brown, Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno, Brittney Gary or Necole Guillory.

Jeffery Guillory is charged in connection with the homicides of three Baton Rouge women in 1999, 2001, and 2002. Law Enforcement has remained diligent for the last 10 years to solve those crimes. The Task Force will continue to work hard and is committed to bringing closure to the eight victims from Jefferson Davis Parish.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Multi-Agency Task Force at 337-824-6662 or The Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney’s Office and the FBI are offering a reward of up to $85,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these murders.

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I think some in law enforcement were just hoping that it could be him.

Jennings, Louisiana Murders

Tonight I decided to tackle this page on my Real Life Monsters site.
Big mistake.
I have been working on it since about 4 Sunday afternoon. It is now 12 and 1/2 hours later and I am again frustrated and confused.
I first heard about the ‘possible serial killer’ in 2007. I thought the news said Jefferson Parish (it is Jefferson Davis; much further away), meaning next door so I paid closer attention. That first time I tried to find information on the case and I kept running into brick walls. This time was no different.
It was the murder of Whitnei Dubois that started me following the case. She was a pretty girl, a young mom who choose a hard path. Yeah, she did drugs, sold her body and partied a lot.
She was also, as I said, a mom, she was also a daughter, a friend to some, a human being and she was found dead right around Mother’s Day.
Whitnei was also the first time the sheriff’s department admitted a possible connection between the others that I knew of. She was the 4th victim in a string of 4 (then) murders in small Louisiana town.
There are strong connections between all of the girls, 8 in total at the time of this writing. There are some people that claim it is really 9 nine now due to a cold case.
They all came from the ‘wrong side of he tracks’ literally.

Jennings is split in half by the railroad. One side has a 50’s feel, mom and pop stores, cute-ish home, Happy Days in the South could have been filmed there.
The other side of the tracks is a more bleak look. A Hell of a lot less money, much more drinking and drugging (openly), gangs and all that comes from poverty.
I am not a bleeding heart liberal. I do not think poverty is a black hole from which there is no escape. I do not ‘excuse’ wrong doing because you are poor. I do admit it is a long hard road. I do think society makes it harder than it needs to be. Really, all I am saying is that these girls were doing what they felt they had to.
Nothing that they did deserved being murdered over.

8 women and girls murdered.

Loretta Lewis

Ernestine Patterson

Kristen Lopez

Whitnei Dubois

Laconia Brown

Crystal Zeno

Brittney Gary

Necole Guillory

The public is getting little to no information which is horrible. Ignorance leads to fear.
Whitnei Dubois’ sister, Brittany Jones, has said: “All we know is that she was found naked on a dirt road, decomposed.”

I did find many sites that had a lot if information. Still, they are limited by what the police are willing to share, which is little. It was only recently that the local police admitted a serial killer was responsible and that was weakly.
Media coverage is spotty at best. No one seems to pay attention until another dead girl is found.

I have links.
There are some YouTube videos.
So much is hinted, hushed, opinion, but that is all the public really has.

Check out the Jennings Page.

More on this later.


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