Lafayette

Jan 22, 2013 5:40 PM by Melissa Canone

Matthews pleads guilty to manslaughter

Clayton Matthews, Jr., plead guilty to manslaughter today for the March 2012 homicide of, Randy Bordelon, Jr. Both men were engaged in a domestic relationship. ADA Pat Magee stated during the State's factual presentation that "Matthews and Bordelon were involved in a verbal and physical altercation at a local truck-stop casino in Duson, LA., which was eventually broken up. Sometimes later, both men returned to their home in Duson, LA." According to Magee, "The State of Louisiana would have proven at trial that during the altercation at the home, Matthews beat, strangled, and slammed Bordelon's head several times eventually causing Bordelon's death the next day. "

Manslaughter is defined under La. Crim. Code 14:31 as a homicide committed in sudden passion or heat of blood immediately caused by provocation sufficient to deprive an average person of his self-control and cool reflection.

The presiding Judge ordered a Pre-Sentencing Investigation and will subsequently schedule Matthews' sentencing date.

District Attorney Harson stated, "Our office remains committed to serving the public by prosecuting domestic violence cases to ensure individuals who commit these crimes are removed from our streets and punished accordingly."

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