Jurors stumped in shooting case of man mistaken as an alligator
THIBODAUX - A 31-year-old man from Cut Off who said he shot a man he mistook for an alligator will get a new trial after a jury could not make a decision in his second-degree murder case.
Sources say that after two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, jurors on Saturday were deadlocked 9-3 in a decision on the fate of Robert Chouest.
Chouest was charged in the May 22, 2013, killing of Shawn Galjour, 41, of Larose. Galjour was found on his back in a driveway near Chouest's home.
Chouest was the last to take the stand before the defense rested its case on Thursday.
The defense attorney said Chouest had been up for three days and shot at a silhouette he mistook for an alligator.
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