Posted: Mar 11, 2010 3:49 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Mar 11, 2010 5:40 PM
A New Roads police officer who witnessed a crash in Pointe Coupee Parish testified on tape Thursday morning about what he saw unfold. He will deploy for Iraq in the next few days.
Officer Brandon Spillman told a packed courtroom 23-year-old Victoria Gosserand was extremely combative and uncooperative after the crash.
Gosserand is accused of killing 23-year-old Terri Parker and badly injuring the driver of the car Parker was riding in, Kyle Riviere. The crash happened moments before Christmas Eve last year.
"After impact, I saw a body flying in the air," officer Brandon Spillman said. "I didn't know where it came from."
Gosserand didn't say a word as she walked into the Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse. However, she fought back tears as the officer testified about what happened.
"It was very emotional, obviously being there and seeing it was an experience in itself," Spillman said. "Just having to come in courtroom and see both families and their emotions, it's very tough to deal with."
Terri Parker's family echoed those feelings. Parker's aunt said listening to everything in court was extremely hard.
"It hurt," Rose Marie Parker said. "I feel for her family. I feel for her becuase I believe accidents happen sometimes. When you make a mistake you have to pay for it for the rest of your life."
Before testimony could get taped, Judge Alvin Batiste had to address a motion filed by defense attorneys to have the Pointe Coupee Parish District Attorney's Office recused.
In court, the defense attorneys came to an agreement to stall the recusal motion because they don't believe there will be a conflict when the trial begins. The motion was filed because one of the defense attorneys represents the chief prosecutor in another case.
Before the day was over, Judge Alvin Batiste issued a gag order on the attorneys preventing them from talking about the case.