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Grand Jury declines to indict in murder, armed robbery cases

Lafayette Parish Courthouse
Posted at 11:52 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 12:52:38-05

A Lafayette Parish grand jury declined to indict two men accused by Lafayette police.

In one case, the grand jury would not indict Johnny Aquandre, 24, of New Iberia. Lafayette Police had accused Aquandre of second-degree murder in connection with the July 2020 shooting of Jimmy Lee Fuselier.

Fuselier, 35, of Carencro, died at the hospital following a shooting that happened on South Pierce Street. Another man was shot in the back, and was involved in a crash while trying to drive himself to the hospital. A third man was wounded in the foot, but refused medical attention at the scene.

In the other case, the grand jury refused to indict Christopher Wayne Burney, 38, in connection with an armed robbery that happened in June 2020. Records show he was arrested on a warrant accusing him of armed robbery this summer, and he's been in jail ever since. The indictment prepared by the district attorney's office, which was not accepted by the grand jury, accused Burney of robbing four people using a rifle.