Appeals court: Manslaughter conviction stands
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.