Taxicab Murder Conviction

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – A Lafayette Parish jury has convicted a second man charged in the February 2009 killing and armed robbery of a cab driver.

The jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Wednesday before returning a unanimous guilty verdict against 22-year-old Kevin Gildhouse.

Gildhouse's conviction follows the Aug. 15 conviction of 22-year-old Aaron Francois, who, along with Gildhouse, was charged with robbing and fatally shooting Wallace “Wally” Badeaux, a cabdriver for Dixie Cab Co., on Feb. 23, 2009.

The Advocate reports Gildhouse was charged with accessory after the fact to second degree murder and armed robbery.

Gildhouse will serve an automatic life sentence plus an additional five years stemming from his plea prior to the trial on one charge of simple escape.

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