- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

GONZALES, La. (AP) - A jury has convicted a Prairieville man in the shooting death of his wife’s cousin at a family crawfish boil two years ago.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1SnSlnH) an Ascension Parish jury on Thursday found 48-year-old Robert Cosey guilty of manslaughter in the death of 42-year-old Shedrick Diggs. Cosey was initially booked on second-degree murder.

Tyler Cavalier, spokesman for 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin, says Diggs was at the crawfish boil in March 2013 when Cosey got into an argument with his wife’s family members.

Cavalier says Cosey retrieved a gun from his vehicle and as Diggs approached him to try to calm him down, Cosey shot Diggs in the chest. Diggs died at the scene.

Cavalier says Cosey fled but was later arrested.

He faces up to 40 years in prison.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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