Relative: State trooper shooting suspect had drinking problem
CALCASIEU PARISH - The sister-in-law of the man accused of fatally shooting a Louisiana state trooper in southwest Louisiana described him as "a good person until he started drinking."
Diane Daigle said Tuesday that her brother-in-law Kevin Daigle needed help for problems but received very little. She described him as in and out of jail for the past decade, in chronic pain from past ankle and hip injuries, and "troubled."
Kevin Daigle is accused of shooting Senior Trooper Steven Vincent on Sunday. Authorities say Vincent stopped to help Daigle, whose truck was stuck in a ditch. Vincent died Monday.
Kevin Daigle has a lengthy criminal record, including four felony convictions. His sister-in-law says even though Kevin Daigle threatened her and her family, "It's hard for us to believe that he did this."
A judge met Tuesday with Kevin Daigle at the local correctional center where he is being held, part of a routine hearing to determine whether an inmate has a lawyer.
The sheriff's office says Daigle requested an attorney, and he was assigned a public defender. Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Myers says the Baton Rouge Capital Conflict Office will handle Daigle's defense.