Lafayette

Oct 20, 2011 11:38 PM by Maddie Garrett

High Profile Murder Trial Ends With Not Guilty Verdict

A high profile murder trial comes to a close in Lafayette Thursday with what some are calling an unexpected outcome. This is the second time 22-year-old Troydell Simmons appeared in court, accused of shooting a Carencro man in the head in July 2009. While the first time ended in a mistrial, Thursday it ended with a not guilty verdict.

Two years ago, Mark Boutin was found dead outside his car in Carencro. Simmons was arrested shortly after and charged with the murder. Boutin's brother, Richard Aucoin, said at the time they had confidence authorities had enough evidence in the case.

"The assistant DA (district attorney) had a meeting with us, and he told us all this, this is a slam dunk and we're not going to go for the death penalty we're going to go for life imprisonment," explained Aucoin.

The first time around in court he trial was thrown out because the prosecutor raised allegations that Simmons had engaged in homosexual activity with another inmate in jail. The judge ruled the allegation would affect the jury's ability to reach a fair verdict.

"So I was upset about the mistrial, about how the whole thing was handled," said Aucoin.

But Thursday it was a different scenario. While Judge Jules Edwards III did rule the prosecution proved Simmons was unwise, untruthful and in possession of a firearm without a serial number, He did not think the prosecution presented enough solid evidence to prove Simmons committed the murder.

Simmons received a six month sentence for possessing the firearm, and still awaits another trial on perjury charges. He remains in the Lafayette Parish jail. KATC was not able to reach the defense for an on-camera interview Thursday, however defense attorney Harold Register Jr., did say he was pleased with the verdict and expressed sympathies to both families involved.

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