Posted: Aug 11, 2011 9:34 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 62-year-old Lafayette man accused of second-degree murder of his former neighbor tried to argue in court that he killed the victim in self-defense, but a jury convicted him of manslaughter.
The Advertiser reports District Judge Edward Rubin will sentence Jerry Steinle on Aug. 18 in the shooting death of 40-year-old David Trahan on Dec. 10, 2009.
Keith Stutes, assistant district attorney, says Trahan was defacing a door on Steinle's house when Steinle caught him in the act. An argument resulted, and Steinle pulled a gun and shot Trahan three times.
Stutes said the prosecution asked Rubin Wednesday to hold Steinle in prison until the sentencing next week, but Rubin allowed Steinle to remain free on the $100,000 bond he posted before the trial began.