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Three indicted in deadly September shooting

Posted at 1:27 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 14:27:01-05

A Lafayette Parish grand jury on Wednesday handed up three indictments in the September shooting that left a man dead.

Damien George, 18, died after being shot at a location in the 800 block of North University. He had been shot several times in the chest, and police provided a surveillance photo of the suspect in the shooting. A few days later, police arrested a 17-year-old male and booked him with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting, but did not release his name. Not long after that, two other men were booked with principal to second-degree murder in the case.

The teen, Kendall Ledet of Carencro, was indicted today on a charge of second-degree murder. If convicted, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, probation or suspension of sentence. He turns 18 in March.

The two men booked with principal to second-degree murder are now formally charged with that count.

Joshua Jamal Chevalier, 23, and Donnique Monquail Leopal, 20, both of Lafayette, were indicted on principal to second-degree murder. If convicted on that charge, they face the same sentence as Ledet.

Chevalier is being held in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on the prinicpal charge, as well as a charge of possession of stolen things. His bond currently is set at $130,000.

Leopaul also is in LPCC on the principal charge, as well as another charge of illegal carrying of weapons. Iberia and Vermilion parishes both have holds on him as well. His bond is currently set at $150,000.