- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - A Plaquemine man who was supposed to stand trial for a 2012 murder has taken a plea deal in a case the Distict Attorney’s Office official says would have been difficult to prosecute, in part because the lead investigator was recently arrested on drug-related charges.

Cordias Walker, who was arrested in November 2012 for fatally shooting Wilbert Myles following a drug dispute, pleaded guilty late Monday to negligent homicide and will be sentenced to five years in prison, The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1VJg9Fw ) quoted Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton as saying.

Walker’s attorney, Shannon Battiste, has argued his client was acting in self-defense because Myles attacked Walker at Walker’s home.

“This is a prime example of a case where having to prove specific intent to kill was difficult when the victim went into the man’s house,” Clayton said. “The credibility of all the friends there just made it a tough case to take to trial for second-degree murder.”

Clayton added that the charges against former Plaquemine police Officer Chad Fonseca added to the difficulty of the case. Fonesca turned himself in to authorities Dec. 29 after he was accused of selling prescription painkillers to undercover Iberville Parish sheriff’s deputies on three occasions in September. He has been charged with three counts of distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Battiste said previously the drug allegations against Fonseca certainly raised some credibility issues in the case against his client but said talk about Fonseca’s legal trouble was a “smoke screen” for other weaknesses in the prosecution’s murder case.


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

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