Brandon Lavergne seeking to void his guilty pleas

Serving a life sentence for the deaths of UL student Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate in 1999

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 5:46pm

Brandon Scott Lavergne has sent a hand-written letter to a judge asking him to void the two guilty pleas he plead last August.  Lavergne plead guilty to the high-profile investigation of the disappearance and murder of UL student Mickey Shunick, and also to a 1999 murder of Lisa Pate.  He alleges that he felt pressured to plead guilty, but Lafayette Parish District Attorney Mike Harson says Lavergne never seemed to appear under any kind of pressure at the time of his confessions.

"We had conversations with his attorneys, his attorneys talked to him, and I think their the ones that came to us and eventually brought what we thought was his desire to confess and work the arrangement.  So I don't know how he was so pressured.  I think the tapes of his interviews would be relevant cause I think at certain points in there he was laughing and things of this sort so he didn't seem too distraught," says Mike Harson, Lafayette Parish District Attorney.

The DA is confident in their investigation.  He says they covered all their bases, and their case against Lavergne is strong enough to uphold his life sentence.

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