Lafayette

Jul 19, 2012 10:03 AM by Jim Hummel

Families Await Justice

It was in June of 1999 when 35-year-old Lisa Pate of Youngsville went missing.
There was no sign of the mother of three for three-months.

Until in September, 1999 when a woman's body was found under three large boards in a grassy field in northwest Church Point, dental records identified the body as Lisa Pate.

13-years later, it's unclear what evidence was presented to the grand jury connecting Brandon Lavergne to Pate's death.

For now, the only connection is that her body was found in Church Point, where Lavergne grew up. He was 20 years old at the time. Brandon Lavergne went to jail for an unrelated sex-crime in February of 2000 he was released in 2008.

Now, Lavergne is back behind bars, indicted for first degree murder in the deaths of these two women 13 years apart.

Members of Pate's family are relieved to finally have an arrest. Pate did have three children, a daughter who just a few weeks old, the family did give up for adoption. Pate's older children, two boys are 22 and 16 now. Family members tell us they're anxious for justice.

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