Posted: Jun 13, 2013 6:10 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2013 3:12 PM
Lafayette developer Glenn Stewart was found guilty of simple battery Thursday afternoon in the 15th Judicial District Court in Lafayette.
The charges stem from a Mardi Gras Day 2012 incident between Stewart and Erin May before a parade. May had torn a banner off Stewart's float in the parade's staging area when Stewart confronted her and eventually punched her in the face.
Stewart's float was covered in banners attacking May's stepmother, Cherry Fisher May, over a ticket she received for driving under the influence.
This was the last bit of escalation in a public feud between Stewart and the May family. In the years leading up to the incident stories about Stewart's financial dealings ran in The Independent, which the May family owns. Stewart took out billboards blasting Independent owners Steve May and Cherry Fisher May and staged demonstrations in front of their offices.
Erin May is Steve May's daughter and Cherry Fisher May's stepdaughter.
At one point during the hearing, Judge John D. Trahan went as far as to call Stewart a liar as he delivered his decision.