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Man with no legs accused of murder

4 years ago March 24, 2011 Mar 24, 2011 Thursday, March 24 2011 Thursday, March 24, 2011 5:20:48 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

HOLDEN- Livingston Parish Deputies charged a man in a wheelchair with murder after he admitted to shooting another man on his property. Ernest Beraud, 53, is charged with 2nd degree murder after he shot Leonard Gay Jake Johnson, 50, when he thought he saw a weapon.

Deputies said the pair had an argument that boiled over after Beraud warned Johnson not to drive through his garden, but he did it anyway. People who knew the Johnson said he was a bully and didn't get along with many folks in the area.

"He was the devil in disguise, he was a demon and his own people will tell you he was a demon, and he's just a bad bad person," said a man who knew the pair, but did not want to give his name.

Beraud's family said he stuck to himself and was very involved in his garden.

"He was very passionate about his farming, he said he was called to be a farmer. He grew more vegetables than he knew what to do with when he had his garden," said J. Warren Stilley, Beraud's cousin.

Friends of Beraud think he was defending himself and say he shouldn't be charged with murder, but Sheriff's deputies say the evidence points to murder. Beraud is in the Livingston Parish Jail on a $150,000 bond.

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