Louisiana Supreme Court rejects Brandon Lavergne’s appeal

The Louisiana Supreme Court has again refused to hear a request to overturn Brandon Lavergne’s guilty pleas for the murder of two women, including 21-year-old UL Lafayette student Mickey Shunick.

Lavergne’s case was among four requests for reconsideration that were rejected Friday without comment.

Lavergne is serving life sentences for the deaths of Shunick in August 2012 and 35-year-old Lisa Pate in 1999. He acted as his own attorney, the Supreme Court Clerk of Court’s Office has said.

He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in August 2012, less than two months after his arrest in Shunick’s death. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette student disappeared while riding her bicycle home from downtown Lafayette.

Almost immediately after pleading guilty, Lavergne began appealing his case claiming he was pressured into accepting the plea deal to avoid the death penalty.

The Shunick case revived an older investigation into Pate’s death and Lavergne, who had long been a suspect in that killing.

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