Appeals court: Manslaughter conviction stands

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Posted: Jun 10, 2010 7:54 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: appeals, court, manslaughter, charge, sentence, Daniel Pegues, off-duty, sheriff, deputy, murder

An appeals court has upheld the manslaughter charge and sentence imposed on Daniel Pegues, who was accused of killing an off-duty sheriff's deputy.

Pegues was found guilty in the shooting death of Calcasieu Deputy Alan Inzer.

The attorney for Pegues argued that he was denied a fair trial because the court twice refused to change the trial venue and that the 40-year prison term he received was excessive.

The appellate court said the attorney for Pegues, who was charged with second-degree murder, didn't present sufficient evidence to warrant a change of venue.

The appeals judge says the sentence didn't abuse discretion in imposing a 40-year term.

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