New trial ordered in drunk driving deaths
BATON ROUGE - A judge ordered a new trial for a man convicted of five counts of vehicular homicide for a fiery 2011 crash which investigators said happened after a drunken game of cat-and-mouse on the interstate near Baton Rouge.
Judge Chip Moore ordered the new trial for David Leger because he said a bench conference where Leger's attorney objected to the jury instructions was not recorded.
A jury convicted Leger in July of killing Liz Fontenot, her three sons, and passenger Kimberly Stagg in the fiery wreck on I-10. Investigators said Leger was in a road-rage fueled chase with another driver, Kelsye Hall, and that he was drunk at the time. Hall was convicted of five counts of negligent homicide for her part in the wreck.
District Attorney Hillar Moore said he will appeal the decision.
WBRZ will have more on this developing story coming up on News 2 at Noon.