Posted: Oct 15, 2012 8:00 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2012 10:29 PM
Newly released court documents paint a clearer picture of the evidence police say they had against Brandon Scott Lavergne involving the murder of Mickey Shunick. All of the following information comes from documents filed into court by the Lafayette Police Department.
On May 26, 2012, two fishermen found Mickey's damaged bicycle under the Whiskey Bay I-10 Bridge. They transported it to their residence in Sunset to use as scrap metal, but called police the next morning when they realized it could be Mickey's. Lafayette Police processed the scene and noticed the handgrips had been removed, but they were located on the shoreline where the bike was found. They were also able to unlock the padlock on the bike using Mickey's combination.
According to an incident report taken on May 31, 2012, Lafayette Police were tipped off by Lavergne's fiance's family. We're choosing not to identify those involved at this time. The tipster told police that his wife's sister was dating Lavergne. He also revealed Lavergne owned a white Z71 truck and had been injured in a stabbing in New Orleans on May 19, 2012. (Police released the surveillance pictures on May 24, 2012.) The caller told police Lavergne wasn't using his truck since the incident, had thrown a bloody shirt in the dumpster behind his father-in-law's home, and the dumpster had already been emptied. He also told police his father-in-law spoke to police several days earlier, on May 28th.
On June 4, 2012, a worker at Don's Wholesale called police regarding Lavergne's attempt to purchase a truck. She told police Lavergne indicated his truck was stolen in Houston, TX. She also said Lavergne's arm was bandaged and it "freaked her out". The employee also said Lavergne had a cut on his finger and that he is a registered sex offender from Church Point. Another employee indicated Lavergne said he cut his finger while fishing.
On June 13, 2012, the tipster called back again. He advised Lavergne's truck now had a paper plate from Don's Wholesale which was odd. The information was handed over to the Task Force on June 14, 2012. This same day, police ran a history of insurance claims for Lavergne and found out Lavergne reported his truck stolen from his sister's home in Conroe, TX. The vehicle was found hours later in San Jacinto County, TX. Lavergne was paid in full by State Farm for the truck. The fire marshal noted that tires had been placed inside and outside of the passenger side of the truck. The passenger side doors were left open in an effort to accelerate the fire on the inside of the truck.
This same day, police obtained statements from employees at Don's Wholesale. One worker said Lavergne flirted with her, telling her that her pants fit well. He told another worker his truck was stolen, and he tried to give them an altered license when purchasing the truck. She said she noticed he tried to hide the words sex offender from his license, so she made a copy of the license to give to police. The employee also noticed his arm was bandaged to his elbow and there were cuts on the back of his triceps. A third employee told police Lavergne became nervous when she began to talk about the Shunick case. She said he seemed to be in a rush after he noticed the news had new information about the case.
On June 18, 2012, a meeting was set up with the family of Lavergne's fiance. They talked for 35 minutes.
On June 20, 2012, cell phone records of Lavergne's were analyzed. Police say Lavergne was actively attempting to contact sexual escort services from May 18th through the early morning hours of May 19th. He made approximately 24 calls to escort services.
On June 21, 2012, the Lafayette Police department met with employees at John R. Young Chevy in Eunice. They indicated that Lavergne wanted a quote to replace the entire leather interior of his truck. However, Lavergne never called back to set up an appointment. Cell phone records indicate Lavergne called another upholstery shop after speaking to employees at Young Chevy.
On June 22, 2012, police obtained medical records from Opelousas General Hospital. Records indicate he was treated at the hospital for a laceration to his right pinky finger. The records documented that blood work was done on May 23rd for a scheduled surgery on May 25th, however the surgery was not done because of Lavergne having poison ivy. Records indicated he had surgery on May 29th to repair a tendon in his finger.
On June 27, 2012, police obtained a search warrant for Lavergne's dental records in Opelousas. Doctors told police Lavergne was getting routine dental work on his braces. Police also obtained Lavergne's records from Ochsner Medical Center. Those records indicate Lavergne was driven to the hospital in his friend's truck at 3:51 p.m. Lavergne had multiple stab wounds on his body, with the most severe being on his neck and right shoulder. Records show he arrived with blood saturated band-aids covering wounds that were no longer bleeding. Lavergne was released from the hospital the following day on May 20th; it was later discovered Lavergne took pictures of himself in the hospital with his cell phone.
Also today, investigators met with Lavergne's fiance's father who relayed a statement Lavergne made to him after exchanging his truck for an identical one: "I didn't know human blood smelt so bad". The father said Lavergne told them he was stabbed in New Orleans while trying to pump gas.
On June 29, 2012, police obtained a search warrant for Lavergne's home on Elaine Lane in Church Point. Police learned that Lavergne had two active traffic warrants. A suitcase was found at the home, belonging to that of "Susan Flesch"; the suitcase was later found to be one that was donated to him following a previous house fire he had. Police also found two wallets, one was of a person who died of natural causes. The other wallet belonged to his sister who had lived with him for a time.
Today, they also met with employees at Jim Tatman's Mobile Homes in Carencro. They told police Lavergne purchased a mobile home from them; records they had showed Lavergne altered his license to conceal the fact he was a sex offender.
On July 5, 2012, surveillance equipment was installed on Lavergne's truck in Boothville, La., so police could track him when he came from offshore. He was followed and arrested on I-10 at mile marker 104 for modifying his driver's license. When questioned about his whereabouts on May 19th, Lavergne initially said he didn't recall what he did that day. Police then advised him they knew of his stay at the New Orleans hospital, to which Lavergne replied "oh yeah". They started questioning him about the Mickey Shunick case, and he stated he heard of the case; police say he had Mickey's mother's number on an envelope in his truck and had a search history on the case on his I-phone. He was further questioned about the case, and then he asked for an attorney.
Police also interview Lavergne's sister today. She said that Lavergne told her that his truck was involved in a shooting and he needed to get rid of it. She said she followed him around San Jacinto County until he found a spot he could burn the truck. His sister said a short time later she saw a large flame and Lavergne running towards her vehicle. She also said he coached her on what to tell police, basically that he was asleep inside the home the entire evening. Lavergne's sister said he told her he hurt himself at work, but he changed his story when she saw the stab wounds. He then told her he was stabbed in New Orleans by a white male who had asked him for money. She also informed a police she didn't have contact with Lavergne for a while because he tried to have sex with her in 1999 when she was seven months pregnant. She told police she didn't know anything about the missing girl until her brother was arrested. She also agreed to go along with his plan because he agreed to forgive her for a $300 debt she owed him. Lavergne's nephew also spoke to police. He told them he was asked to retrieve Lavergne's cell phone from the truck, and he noticed someone scratched the seat - about 12 scratch marks.
On July 5, 2012, police also spoke with the friend who drove Lavergne to the hospital in New Orleans. Lavergne spoke with his friend on his cell phone from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 20th. The friend told police Lavergne told him he was stabbed by two friends in Lafayette, but he drove to New Orleans so they wouldn't get in trouble for the incident. The friend also noticed a significant amount of blood on the center console of his Z71. He noted Lavergne was in a clean shirt and had band aids covering his stab wounds.
On July 9, 2012, a warrant was served at Lavergne's doctor's office in Opelousas. This was where Lavergne was treated for "spotty" poison ivy and a laceration on his finger. Employees there say Lavergne indicated he was "jumped" by three guys on Bourbon Street. Another nurse said Lavergne told her he was attacked at a gas station by a thin, 6-foot tall black male near the Super Dome.
On July 11, 2012, detectives reviewed items taken from Lavergne's truck. Included in those items was a plain white envelope with Mickey's mother's cell phone number. The only prints on the envelope were that of Lavergne's.
On July 12, 2012, police reviewed Lavergne's text messages and say he offered a DMV official $500 to get him a driver's license without "sex offender" written on it.
Cell phones records indicate support the police department's claims that he was in Lafayette the morning Mickey went missing, then went back to his home that same morning. He drove to New Orleans the afternoon of 5/19/12 and drove back to his fiance's home in Acadia Parish on 5/20/12.