Jun 10, 2010 9:24 AM by Sharlee Barriere
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal
has upheld the manslaughter charge and sentence imposed on Daniel
Pegues, who was accused of killing an off-duty sheriff's deputy.
Pegues -- found guilty Jan. 17, 2009, in the shooting death of
Calcasieu Deputy Alan Inzer -- argued in his appeal that he was
denied a fair trial because the court twice refused to change the
trial venue and that the 40-year prison term he received was
In its ruling, the appellate court
said the attorney for Pegues, who was charged with second-degree
murder, didn't present sufficient evidence to warrant a change of
As to the sentence, the appeals judges said Judge David Ritchie
didn't abuse discretion in imposing a 40-year term.