Sep 12, 2012 5:36 PM by Letitia Walker
Only one piece of evidence from Brandon Scott Lavergne's trial has been entered into evidence because it was the only evidence required when he pled guilty to murdering Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate in August. A psychological evaluation was required before a plea deal would be accepted by prosecutors.
The evaluation was done on August 8, 2012 and outlines a history of depression, physical abuse, and molestation. The report was written by Dr. Larry J. Benoit, a clinical psychologist. In the report, he says Lavergne completed the 10th grade and earned his GED; his IQ was classified as being "high average". He was only married one year, has one child, and has been divorced for 12 years. The report says he received treatment for anger and depression when he was 15 and had a 30-day inpatient stay at the adolescent unit of Central State Hospital in 1995. Lavergne reported he occasionally drank alcohol, but he was prone to binge drinking when he did drink.
Lavergne's criminal record includes a sexual battery conviction in 2000; he was arrested and charged in the death of Lisa Pate, but he was not indicted. Lavergne also admits to a history of aggressive behavior, saying his family history included substance abuse and psychiatric treatment. The report does indicate Lavergne thought of suicide as recently as May of 2012 and had memory lapses during periods of extreme emotion. The report also indicated Lavergne had a history of physical childhood abuse and was molested by a babysitter when he was 3 or 4.
During the interview process with the psychologist, the doctor notes Lavergne was cooperative, coherent, and mildly depressed. It was noted that Lavergne became tearful when discussing events leading up to his arrest. The doctor profiled Lavergne as being extroverted, over active, impulsive, and self-indulgent. Lavergne was said to completely understand the process and of the charges he was facing. He allegedly described his own behavior and others' behavior in great detail, which was consistent with the information already known.
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