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Opelousas man indicted on second-degree murder in June fatal shooting

Posted at 11:35 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 12:35:16-04

A grand jury has indicted an Opelousas man in connection with a fatal shooting on Cherokee Street in Opelousas.

An indictment was handed down on Thursday September 24, 2019 on second-degree murder for 30-year-old John Deandre Leblanc who was arrested in that shooting in June. Police say Leblanc shot at several people on Wednesday June 12, 2019, outside a home on Cherokee Street after an earlier argument at a nearby motel.

Days after that shooting on June 19, the victim identified as David Scott Thomas died and charges were upgraded to second-degree-murder.

According to the St. Landry District Attorney's Office, A second degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.