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Man indicted on 2012 murder case in Abbeville

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Derrick Mitchell / Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office Derrick Mitchell / Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office

A Vermilion Parish grand jury has handed up a first-degree murder indictment for a 2012 murder case in Abbeville. 

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office says that Derrick Mitchell has been indicted for the July 2012 death of Paul Rice Jr., who was shot and killed on the corner of Felicity and Bailey Street in Abbeville. 

Deputies say that this case is one of several unsolved cases assigned to the Sherrif's Office Violent Crimes Task Force. During an investigation into Rice's murder, the task force, along with other area law enforcement, worked to locate witnesses to be re-interviewed. Upon completion of the second investigation, the Violent Crimes Task Force presented its case to the District Attorney.

The case was subsequently presented to the grand jury, resulting in the indictment of Mitchell.  

The Sheriff's Office reports that a detainer has been placed on Mitchell until he can be transferred from Jackson jail to Vermilion where he would be formally arrested for the charge of first-degree murder.

Mitchell was indicted in the shooting death of Kyle Trahan on Dec. 7, 2012, and the shooting death of Darrell Broussard Jr., on Dec. 20, 2012,  in Abbeville. In September of 2015, Mitchell was mistakenly released from prison while being transferred from Avoyelles Parish to Tensas Parish. He was apprehended in California several months later and returned to prison.

Read more on that story from 2015 here

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