Area man on probation for riot shot, killed in hunting accident
JENA- A man on probation for a deadly riot in Livingston Parish was shot and killed over the Christmas holiday in LaSalle Parish.
Morris J. Laiche, III, was killed in what's being described as an accidental shooting at a hunting camp. Laiche was pronounced dead Christmas Eve, at the Wild West Hunting Club.
Laiche was known as "Fred."
In 2011, Laiche pleaded guilty to rioting, connected to a 2009 incident near the Livingston-Tangipahoa parish line.
Three years ago, investigators said a fight broke out on Longleaf Drive. Four people were shot, including Trent Stewart who was killed in the ordeal. Then, Laiche was accused of shooting Stewart and was charged with murder.
Eventually, prosecutors downgraded the charges to rioting, claiming the shooting was in self-defense.
According to WBRZ archives, originally nearly two-dozen people were arrested for the deadly fight. But, in a 2011 story on WBRZ News 2 at NOON, prosecutors said ten others had charges pending.
In LaSalle Parish, Sheriff Scott Franklin said people also convicted for taking part in the 2009 riot were with Laiche. They could face charges for illegally having a gun.
Attached photo is Laiche's booking photo from 2009.