Testimony continues in trial of accused cop killer

Posted at 4:35 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 18:12:17-04
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The trial of Kevin Daigle continued into its second day on Monday with witness testimony and a showing to jurors of footage showing when Daigle allegedly shot and killed Louisiana State Police Trooper Steven Vincent in 2015.

Calcasieu Parish Coroner Dr. Terry Welke took the stand to testify about the autopsy he performed on Blake Brewer, whom Daigle is accused of murdering in 2015 before he shot Vincent.

Welke stated that Brewer’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest. He testified that, while he was not a firearms expert, the gunshot wound resembled one caused by a shotgun.

Mark Abshire, the retired supervisor of the detective’s section of the LSP field office in Lake Charles, testified on his role as the lead investigator of the shooting.

Abshire also answered questions about the dash cam footage captured when Vincent encountered Daigle broken down on Highway 14.

Prosecutors played the footage to jurors along with audio and the closed captioning that was added after the footage had been analyzed.

The footage lasted more than half an hour and showed the entire encounter including when Vincent was shot and when Daigle can be heard asking the officer, “Are you still alive?”

Abshire testified that the transcription used to generate the closed captioning was accurate and that Daigle had cooperated after his arrest and answered all of there questions.

The court is in recess, but will resume tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. To read more coverage, click here.