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Psych report: Lavergne tearful during murder discussion

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Posted: Sep 12, 2012 9:26 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Sep 12, 2012 9:26 PM
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Topics: lavergne, shunick, murder, case, lafayette, whiskey bay

LAFAYETTE- Brandon Lavergne, the man who confessed to kidnapping and killing Lafayette college student Mickey Shunick, became tearful during a discussion with a clinical psychologist.

Larry Benoit performed a psychological report as part of a plea deal.

In the report, Lavergne states he thought about suicide around the time he kidnapped Shunick, and had a history of homicidal thoughts.

Lavergne also reported being sexually abused by his babysitter when he was three or four.

Benoit noted in his report, "multiple instances of molestation by a teenaged female babysitter."

Lavergne also said his adoptive father physically abused him and that he received treatment for anger and depression as a teen.

According to the court documents, Lavergne "reports occasional use of alcohol... And was prone to binging when he drank."

Benoit wrote Lavergne was coherent and productive during their conversation in early August, and that Lavergne was "cooperative but very serious... mildly depressed," but understood the charges against him and the legal process.

Shunick vanished in May, while riding her bicycle in downtown Lafayette. Her bike was found in Whiskey Bay under the I-10 Basin Bridge. Eventually, Lavergne was connected to the crime by his white pick-up truck and confessed.

He's also accused of killing Lisa Pate in 1999.

More can be found on this story - along with a copy of the report- on our partner station's website, KATC.

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