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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:54 am

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Brandon Scott Lavergne pleaded not guilty this morning to two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the May 19 disappearance of Mickey Shunick and the 1999 death of Lisa Ann Pate.

Lavergne, 33, of Swords in St. Landry Parish, was arrested July 5 in connection with Shunick’s disappearance.

Shunick was seen on surveillance video riding her bike just before 2 a.m. on May 19 past City Hall on St. Landry Street. A white pickup truck, later identified as belonging to Lavergne, was seen riding past City Hall shortly after Shunick.

Lavergne sought treatment for non-life-threatening stab wounds at a New Orleans hospital around 10 p.m. May 19, telling law enforcement officers that he was mugged and stabbed while asking for directions at a gas station.

Police said they can place Lavergne at Whiskey Bay off Interstate 10 where Shunick’s damaged bike was recovered on May 26.

Lavergne’s burned white truck was recovered May 31 in Texas. He reported it stolen.

A Lafayette grand jury indicted Lavergne July 18 for first-degree murder in connection with Shunick’s disappearance, even though the search for Shunick continues.

In a surprise move, the grand jury also indicted him for the first-degree murder of Pate, a mother of three who went missing in June or July of 1999.

An Acadia Parish grand jury in 2008 failed to indict Lavergne for Pate’s murder. He was in prison at the time, serving more than eight years of a 10-year sentence for aggravated oral sexual battery in another incident that occurred a few months before Pate disappeared.

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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:45 am

State outlines plan in Mickey Shunick, Lisa Pate cases

9:26 AM, Aug. 3, 2012

Lafayette assistant district attorney Keith Stutes filed a new document into court about what he and the state thinks happened to Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate at the hands of Brandon Lavergne. / AP

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LAFAYETTE -- Lafayette assistant district attorney Keith Stutes filed a new document into court about what he and the state thinks happened to Mickey Shunick at the hands of Brandon Lavergne.

According to KATC-TV, Stutes filed a Disclosure, Production, Notice to Defendant and Request for State’s Discovery , which outlines the prosecution’s outline on how Shunick and Lisa Pate were murdered.

Lavergne, 33, is charged with first-degree murder for both Shunick and Pate. Shunick has been missing since May 19, while Pate was found dead on July 3, 1999. The state will be seeking the death penalty on both charges.

In the document, Stutes believes that Shunick was forced to go to a location where Lavergne “forced her to engage in non-consensual acts, and inflicted physical injury and/or sexual abuse.” Then after he killed her, he moved her body and any evidence of the crime. He is also charged with obstruction of justice with the Shunick case.

The document also says that Pate was forced by Lavergne to go to an undisclosed area and to “engage in non-consensual acts, and/or inflicted physical injury, and/or sexual abuse upon Lisa Pate.” He killed her and moved the body “with the intent to distort the results of the criminal investigation.”

Stutes says in the document that he will provide evidence like Lavergne’s statements he told family members, law enforcement agencies in Lafayette Parish, Jefferson Parish and San Jacinto County (Texas), at hospitals and in jail.

The evidence, including any physical or mental examinations or scientific tests in the case, will be turned over to the defense. The prosecution will also bring up Lavegne’s guilty plea of aggravated oral sexual battery in Evangeline Parish in 1999.

Meanwhile, the state requests that the defense turn over any documents or objects they plan to use in the trial, any examinations or tests, mental conditioning tests and an alibi if the defense has one.

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A sex offender charged in the deaths of a Louisiana college student and another woman may have moved their bodies, prosecutors said in court filings. Brandon S. Lavergne , a 33-year-old from Swords, is charged in Lafayette Parish with murder in the May 19 disappearance of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick and the 1999 death of Lisa Ann Pate. Shunick, a 21-year-old University of Louisiana at Lafayette student, disappeared May 19 while riding her bike in Lafayette. Her body has not been found.

Paul Kieu, The Daily Advertiser, via The Associated Press Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft discusses the arrest of Brandon Scott Lavergne on July 6.
The Town Tall reports that a court filing says the "continued tampering" with Shunick's body was meant to hamper the investigation.

Lavergne was arrested July 5 and charged with murder and kidnapping Shucik. A parish grand jury later charged him with killing Shunick and Pate.

Lavergne has been a suspect in Pate's death for years, but an Acadia Parish grand jury declined to indict him in April 2008, citing a lack of evidence. When the grand jury met, Lavergne was serving a 10-year prison sentence for the April 1999 sexual battery of an Evangeline Parish woman. He was released from prison in August 2008.

Court documents filed Thursday reveal more about Pate's case, noting that Lavergne met the woman in Lafayette Parish and either persuaded her to accompany him elsewhere or forced her to go with him. He then sexually abused Pate and killed her, according to the court filing.

Lavergne then "moved evidence of the first-degree murder and the body of Lisa Pate to locations with the intent to distort the results of the criminal investigation," Assistant District Attorney Keith Stutes wrote in court records.

Stutes alleges Lavergne took similar action to throw police off the track in the Shunick case, stating that he moved evidence along with Shunick's body and belongings after killing her.

The court filing lists the existence of a voluntary statement Lavergne made to a lieutenant with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office in July, but it doesn't provide details.

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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:44 am

Posted: 08/06/2012 4:34 pm Updated: 08/06/2012 4:36 pm

Brandon S. Lavergne, 35, is charged with murder in the May 19 disappearance of Mickey Shunick and the 1999 death of Lisa Ann Pate.
Prosecutors say they're seeking the death penalty for a registered sex offender accused of murdering two women in Louisiana.

Brandon S. Lavergne, 33, is charged with murder in the May disappearance of 22-year-old Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, as well as in the 1999 death of Lisa Ann Pate. Lavergne is also suspected of moving both bodies, according to the Associated Press.

Shunick, a 22-year-old anthropology major at the University of Lousiana, was last seen around 2 am on May 19, bicycling home after visiting a friend. Authorities believe that Shunick was murdered, though her body has not yet been found.

In July, Lavergne was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping and murder after police identified him as the driver of a pick-up truck that had tailed Shunick.

In surprising development, prosecutors also charged him with murdering 35-year-old Pate, who was reported missing 13 years ago and later found buried beneath boards in a field.

Now, state prosecutors say they are planning to seek the death penalty against Lavergne, according to documents submitted on Thursday. Prosecuting attorney Keith Stutes also intends to establish that the defendant has a pattern of criminal behavior, KLFY reports.

After being convicted of oral sex battery in 1999, Lavergne allegedly attempted to conceal his sex offender status on multiple occasions.


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Post by samgoodwin on Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:07 pm

Mickey Shunick's Body Found!

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Body of Mickey Shunick Continually Tampered with by Suspect
The body of Mickey Shunick may have been continually tampered with by Brandon Scott Lavergne, constantly moved from one point to the other. At least that's what prosecutors in Louisiana are saying, which creates questions about how they've come to this conclusion. One of the court filings made recently pertaining to the case insinuates that the suspect in the missing woman's disappearance had been moving her remains to keep police confused about the location of her final resting place. This would explain why she still hasn't been found.

It's a gruesome thought to consider; Brandon Lavergne constantly tampering with the remains of Mickey Shunick. However, the court filing, or reports covering it, haven't released details that led prosecutors to believe this. Did the use of cadaver dogs pan out with hits on human decomposition in the absence of a body? That would be one way to determine a body had been relocated. If so, did this occur in several points of interest?

Lavergne is still being uncooperative in the investigation and recently pleaded "not guilty" to both the murder of Shunick and the 1999 slaying of Lisa Pate -- who police believe was tampered with in the same fashion as the missing anthropology student.

If any of these allegations are true, then it's safe to say that Brandon Scott Lavergne displays the markers of a very sick individual. The fact that police confiscated photos he had taken of himself smeared with blood indicates that he participated in acts of sheer depravity fit for a horror movie. That's not sensationalism; it's just an honest observation that this person is a danger to society and must never be released (again).
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Sam you always come through for us. Thank you for posting this.
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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:26 pm

Also, we ask that you please respect the Shunick family by allowing them the privacy they need at this time. It has been, and still is, a long journey in the search to find Mickey, so we truly feel that they deserve some time alone until they are ready to respond to the current rumor.
From Sam's link. cryingagain RIP Mickey
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Post by raine1953 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:32 pm

Sam, LM is right, you always do come thru'.
DAMN IT, I WANT TO SCREAM!!!!! That bastard will not truly pay the price for what he's done to that poor girl or her family or the possible other victims! I hope LE kicks the shit out of him tonight.
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:00 pm

Posted: Aug 07, 2012 3:58 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 07, 2012 7:10 PM CDT

EVANGELINE PARISH, LA (WAFB) -
Officials with the Lafayette Police Department strongly believe they have found the body of missing ULL student Mickey Shunick. Corporal Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department says the body was found in Evangeline Parish.

Mouton says the remains were found buried near a cemetery off Highway 10. LSU forensic specialists are on the scene to help positively identify the body. Officials have been there since mid-morning. Mouton says they will be out there collecting evidence until nightfall.

A statement was released on behalf of the Shunick family:

We appreciate all the efforts of the law enforcement agencies, searchers and volunteers.

We know that the media has reported that Mickey Shunick's body was found in Evangeline Parish, however, as of right now, and until an official press release is made by the proper officials, we cannot report either way, that a body found was that of Mickey.

Also, we ask that you please respect the Shunick family by allowing them the privacy they need at this time. It has been, and still is, a long journey in the search to find Mickey, so we truly feel that they deserve some time alone until they are ready to respond to the current rumor.

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Mickey Shunick disappeared in Lafayette in the early morning hours of May 19, 2012, while riding her bike home. Hundreds of volunteers helped police in the search.

The first big break in the case came eight days after she disappeared; when fishermen found her bike in a swampy area of the Atchafalaya Basin, 25 miles from where she was last seen.

The FBI joined multiple local agencies in the search, including examining waterways near where the bike was found.

As days passed, police knew chances of finding her alive were fading, but her family held out hope as national media picked up the story and police were flooded with thousands of tips.

Then on July 5, 2012, word came that police had a suspect, Brandon Scott Lavergne. After some investigation, he was charged with the murders of two women, including Shunick.

According to a police report out of Jefferson Parish, Lavergne was treated for stab wounds at a hospital around 10 p.m. on May 19. The report stated Lavergne couldn't remember where he was attacked and he got vaguer as he was questioned.

Deputies said Lavergne told them someone at a gas station attacked him with a knife or sharp weapon when he stopped to ask for directions, but was unable to remember where the alleged attack occurred. They said he couldn't give street names, buildings or any details about the area where he claimed he was attacked.

Investigators said Lavergne eventually stopped cooperating and that's where the investigation into the alleged attack stopped. Lavergne was treated at the hospital and released.

Lavergne, 33, is a convicted sex offender. The Louisiana State Police arrested him during a traffic stop on July 5 in Lafayette. He was taken into custody because troopers said he failed to register as a sex offender from a case dating back to 2000. In that case, he was charged with aggravated sexual battery.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said after being arrested by state police, Lavergne was brought to the Lafayette Police Department and, during initial questioning, Lavergne requested an attorney and refused to answer any further questions.

Lavergne is an offshore worker. Police said he had been working offshore for the past two weeks just prior to his arrest. Investigators spent several hours searching Lavergne's home on July 5.

Surveillance video from a business showed Shunick riding her bike home on May 19. It also showed a white truck in the area at the time. Craft said a burned truck that was discovered near Houston, TX in June was later found to be registered to Lavergne. He added detectives were able to identify the truck found in Texas as being the same truck shown in that surveillance video.

Police say the bicycle that was found in the Atchafalaya Basin had damage consistent with it being hit by a vehicle. Craft said his detectives have evidence showing Lavergne was around the Whiskey Bay near the time that bike was discovered.

At the time of his arrest, Lavergne was driving a white pickup that is the same model as the one he previously owned. Craft said records show Lavergne purchased another truck, almost identical to the first, after Shunick disappeared.

Lavergne pleaded not guilty to all charges, including counts related to the 1999 death of another woman, Lisa Pate.

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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:01 pm

raine1953 wrote:Sam, LM is right, you always do come thru'.
DAMN IT, I WANT TO SCREAM!!!!! That bastard will not truly pay the price for what he's done to that poor girl or her family or the possible other victims! I hope LE kicks the shit out of him tonight.
Sam, between you and BJ, you are awesome detectives!

Raine, I could not agree More!!

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Gosh, thanks. I always think of this board if I see something interesting. You folks are the best!
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:02 pm

Mickey Shunick Missing: Body of Louisiana College Student Believed Found
Posted: 08/07/2012 9:24 pm

Louisiana authorities believe they have located the body of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, the missing University of Louisiana student who disappeared while bicycling in May.

According to Cpl. Paul Mouton, a spokesman for the Lafayette Police Department, authorities found the body Tuesday, buried near a small, private cemetery off state Highway 10 in rural Evangeline Parish.

"We are out here processing the scene," Mouton told The Huffington Post. "We still have to positively identify the body [but] we believe strongly it probably is Michaela."

Mouton said investigators received "credible information" from a source this morning that led them to the site. Forensic experts from LSU are on the scene assisting law enforcement in the recovery of the body.

"They are in the process of carefully digging up the grave and recovering any evidence that might be there," the corporal said.

Mouton would not comment on the condition of the body, but said, "We believe it is a homicide."

Shunick, a 22-year-old senior anthropology major, was last seen alive May 19, when she left a friend's home on Ryan Street in Lafayette. Shunick was cycling to her home on Governor Miro Drive about 4 miles away, when she vanished.

In May, Shunick's mother, Nancy Shunick, told The Huffington Post she was fearful something terrible has happened to her daughter. "I think that someone saw the opportunity and grabbed her," she said. "She does carry pepper spray, but someone might have overpowered her."

A few days after the HuffPost interview with Shunick, fishermen found Mickey Shunick's black, Schwinn Madison, fixed-gear bicycle in a swampy area of the Atchafalaya Basin, about 25 miles from where the college student was last seen.

Investigators later received a tip leading them to Brandon Scott Lavergne, a 33-year-old registered sex offender. On July 5, Lavergne was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in Shunick's case. On July 18, he was indicted for the first-degree murder of Lisa Ann Pate, a 33-year-old woman who disappeared from Lafayette Parish in July 1999 and was later found dead near Church Point. Lavergne, an offshore worker from rural St. Landry Parish, has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

The Shunick family released a brief statement Tuesday evening via Margaret Bearb, a volunteer who has been helping in search efforts.

"We ask that you please respect the Shunick family by allowing them the privacy they need at this time," the statement reads. "It has been, and still is, a long journey in the search to find Mickey, so we truly feel that they deserve some time alone."

Authorities have not yet said how long it will take to positively identify the body.

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Post by lisette on Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:21 pm

Mouton said investigators received "credible information" from a source this morning that led them to the site.

Wonder who the source could be?
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:36 pm

Great question!

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Post by samgoodwin on Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:41 pm

Wrap, another article at your link above says that Lavergne was moved from the jail shortly before Mickey's body was found. I wonder if that means he may have told a fellow prisoner where she was, and they moved Lavergne for that prisoner's safety?

Lavergne checked out of jail hours before remains found
According to Lafayette Parish Correctional Center records, Brandon Scott Lavergne was checked out of jail at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, hours before police said they found human remains believed to be those of Mickey Shunick.

“The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office is acting as support agency to the Lafayette PD who is the lead in the case,” said LPSO spokesman Capt. Kip Judice. “We will not comment on why a prisoner was moved.”

Lafayette Police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton would not comment.

Mouton said there is no new information this morning regarding the identity of the body recovered Tuesday. Investigators are finished recovering evidence at the scene, he said.

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Post by samgoodwin on Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:43 pm

"Mouton also declined to say whether the location of the body came as part of a confession by Lavernge or a plea deal worked out between Lavernge's attorneys and prosecutors."

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Post by Guest on Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:50 pm

Sam thanks for the information. It is to big of a coincident that he was moved hours before the remains were located. I am betting he is the source telling LE where to find her remains.
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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:35 am

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Posted: Aug 07, 2012 3:15 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 08, 2012 6:53 PM CDT

Questions still remain – who directed police to the body and when will a positive identification be made.

Lafayette Police will not say if Brandon Lavergne lead them to the site.

The Lafayette Parish District Attorney will not confirm or deny that Lavergne was given a plea deal in exchange for information. Corporal Paul Mouton says the tip they arrived at the site through strong and credible information.

"We feel very strongly that this will be Mickey Shunick obviously without the positive identification we can't be 100%," says Mouton.

KLFY-TV10 Eyewitness News has learned that around 6:40 am Tuesday Lavergne was checked out of the Lafayette Correctional Center. At about 3:00pm he was returned.

"It was in connection with the Mickey Shunick case. The nature and reasoning why they did that I don't have any information on it. They do not want released at this time," explains Mouton.

So what about Evangeline Parish? Evangeline District Attorney Trent Brignac says it's a wait and see. If the autopsy proves that the remains are Mickey's, Evangeline will be out of the equation.

"Then it appears that any crimes against Ms. Shunick were committed elsewhere," says Brignac.

Brignac says if the remains come back negative then Evangeline Parish may have an issue.

"We'll go from there. That's right the investigation is ongoing."

According to reports the remains are now in the hands of a face identification expert at Louisiana State University, because the remains were so far into the advance stage of decay.

Officials at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department say the man they believe murdered Mickey Shunick was checked out of a correctional center hours before police found a body believe to be the missing student.

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Capt. Kip Judice, spokesman for the department, said Wednesday Brandon Lavergne was checked out of the Lafayette Parish Correction Center early Tuesday morning and taken across the street to the sheriff's department.

He said it's very common for prisoners to be taken to the sheriff's office for questioning, because they have rooms that are equipped with audio and video recording equipment. He said Lavergne was checked back in around 3:30 PM in the afternoon.


Police say they strongly believe the remains they found buried in a cemetery off of La. Highway 10 to be Shunick.

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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:12 pm

Hearing set in Shunick case
DA files motion seeking to keep testimony

BY JASON BROWN
Acadiana bureau
August 15, 2012

LAFAYETTE — Brandon Scott Lavergne is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning for a hearing in the slayings of Michaela “Mickey” Shunick and Lisa Pate.

Prosecutor Keith Stutes filed a motion Tuesday morning, asking a state district judge to schedule an evidentiary hearing “limited to the perpetuation of testimony,” according to the motion.

District Attorney Mike Harson did not respond to an email or a call to his cellphone Tuesday seeking clarification on the motion.

The 15th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, which is providing attorneys for Lavergne, has declined to comment on the case.

Lafayette defense attorney Bill Goode, who is not involved with Lavergne’s case, said “perpetuation of testimony” is a procedure used to preserve testimony for a future trial and is usually limited to instances where a witness is sick, dying or leaving the state and would be unable to testify at the trial.

“It’s kind of unusual in criminal cases,” Goode said.

The court-issued summonses for the hearing are limited to Stutes, Lavergne and his attorneys, Burleigh Doga and Clay Lejeune, according to court records.

Attorney Kevin Stockstill, who is also not involved in the case, said testimony at the hearing would not be limited to just those who received a summons.

The state could withhold the name of a witness who may be testifying, he said.

Stockstill said the only way defense attorneys would allow Lavergne to testify at the hearing “is if they have struck a deal and there was a plea agreement. … Other than that, they wouldn’t allow him to get under oath.”

Authorities have declined to say whether Lavergne, 33, led them to Shunick’s body, which was found Aug. 7 buried near some grave sites in a small cemetery off La. 10 near Mamou.

However, they have confirmed that Lavergne was checked out of jail for almost nine hours the day her body was found.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette student was last seen shortly before 2 a.m. May 19, bicycling from a friend’s home on Ryan Street near downtown to her parents’ home on Governor Miro, about five miles away. Shunick, 22, was an avid cyclist and animal lover.

Lavergne, a registered sex offender, was arrested July 5 on counts of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping after police investigated a tip that connected him to a white truck seen on surveillance video the day Shunick disappeared.

On July 18, a Lafayette Parish grand jury, in a surprise move, charged Lavergne with first-degree murder in not only Shunick’s killing but also in the death of 35-year-old Lisa Pate, of Lafayette.

Pate’s remains were discovered on Sept. 21, 1999, in rural Acadia Parish. She had been missing for several months. Lavergne had been a suspect in Pate’s killing since as early as 2000, Harson has said.

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LAFAYETTE, La. - Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, pleaded guilty to the killing of ULL student Mickey Shunick and the killing of another woman, Lisa Pate, years before.

Lavergne's plea was part of an agreement that allows him to avoid the death penalty.

Friday afternoon, the coroner's office in Lafayette released their report in Shunick's death, saying that she was stabbed several times and shot in the head.

A grand jury indicted Lavergne July 18 on two counts of first-degree murder in Shunick's disappearance and in the July 1999 death of Lisa Pate of Youngsville. Pate's body was found in Acadia Parish.

Shunick's body was found Aug. 7 buried near some grave sites in a small cemetery off La. Highway 10 in Evangeline Parish near Mamou.

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Published August 17, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. – A Louisiana college student desperately tried to fend off her killer by spraying him with mace and even stabbing him several times with his own knife before he fatally shot her, according to details revealed Friday in a guilty plea hearing.

Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of first-degree murder in the death of the student, Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, and the separate July 1999 slaying of Lisa Marie Pate.

Under a plea deal to avoid the death penalty, he was required to give details about both slayings in exchange for a life sentence without parole.

Shunick, a student at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, went missing in the early hours of May 19 after leaving a friend's house on her bicycle. Surveillance videos captured Lavergne following her in a white Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck, changing lanes and turning corners in order to follow her.

Court documents say Lavergne, a registered sex offender, hit Shunick's bike with his truck, throwing her to the ground. Then, Lavergne either forced or persuaded Shunick to get into the vehicle and her damaged bike was loaded into the bed of the truck.

Shunick tried to use her cellphone to call for help but Lavergne, who had a knife and a semiautomatic handgun in his vehicle, threatened to stab her if she continued. Shunick sprayed mace in Lavergne's face and managed to wrestle the knife from Lavergne and stab him several times before he grabbed the knife from her.

Lavergne stabbed Shunick at least four times before she collapsed. He then drove 30 to 40 minutes to an isolated sugar cane field in north Acadia Parish.

"The Defendant believed that Mickey was dead from the stab wounds he had inflicted upon her. The Defendant drove deep into the sugar cane field and brought the Z71 to a stop, intending to drag Mickey's body into the field," the court documents said.

Shunick suddenly jumped up and stabbed Lavergne in the chest after re-arming herself with the knife. Lavergne then pulled his semiautomatic weapon and shot Shunick in the head. She died instantly.

With fresh wounds, Lavergne drove back to his home in Swords while Shunick's body slumped in the passenger seat. He destroyed his clothing, attempted to clean out his truck and got rid of the empty bullet casing. He then drove to an old cemetery in Evangeline Parish and, unable to dig a grave because of his injuries, covered Shunick under tree branches and debris.

Later, Lavergne dumped Shunick's bicycle under a bridge in Whiskey Bay and drove to New Orleans to stay with a friend, where he checked into a hospital, seeking treatment for his injuries.

A day later, Lavergne returned to the cemetery to bury Shunick's body.


Lavergne was arrested July 5 on charges of first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. Shunick's body was eventually found Aug. 7. The body was in such an advanced stage of decomposition the coroner's office had to send it to forensic experts at Louisiana State University.

Lavergne was the "credible witness" officials say led them to the remains. Prison records show he was checked out of prison hours before her body was discovered.

The Advocate reports Shunick's sister, Charlene "Charlie" Shunick, said in a written statement that, "my sister, Mickey Shunick, was a warrior. If it wasn't for her, our community never would have been able to bring down a dangerous man that harmed multiple people."

Clay Lejeune, one of Lavergne's defense attorneys, says his client is relieved he can bring an end to the Shunick family's suffering.

"I think he had been carrying this. He was very remorseful throughout the process and wanted to bring some closure to the Shunick family. He wanted to give them some closure and recognized that a trial would only serve to create greater harm to them," Lejeune said.

Lavergne also pleaded guilty to the murder of Pate, whose body was found in Acadia Parish in 1999. Court documents say Lavergne and Pate checked into a hotel for several days shortly after they first met in Lafayette. Pate eventually told Lavergne she wanted to leave and see her children but Lavergne refused to give her a ride or let her borrow his vehicle to return home.

Court documents say Pate attempted to surreptitiously grab Lavergne's keys and wallet while he was asleep, but Lavergne caught her and bloodied her face and nose. Pate died a little later and fellow inmates of Lavergne have said Lavergne confessed to suffocating a woman with a plastic bag over her head.

Lavergne later moved Pate's body to Acadia Parish, where remnants of a plastic bag were found around the body's skull.


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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:45 am

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Aug. 17, 2012

The man accused of killing Louisiana student Mickey Shunick pleaded guilty today to her murder and the killing of another woman in exchange for life in prison without parole. The court document explaining the plea deal also reveals a blow-by-blow account of Shunick's desperate fight for her life the night she died.

The document details how Shunick fought back against her attacker by spraying him with Mace, stabbing him several times and fighting relentlessly until he ultimately shot her in the head. The court filing was posted online today by ABC News' Lafayette affiliate KATC-TV.

Shunick, 22, was a senior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette when she vanished May 19. She was last seen about 2 a.m. riding her bike from the home of her friend Brettly Wilson.

Brandon Scott Lavergne, a registered sex offender, was arrested and charged with Shunick's murder and aggravated kidnapping last month. He pleaded not guilty and would have faced the death penalty had he not agreed to the deal.

On the night Shunick disappeared, Lavergne followed her bike in his truck, according to a statement in support of his plea filed in Louisiana's 15th Judicial District Court today. He had been driving around Lafayette, La., using his cellphone to call escort services, the document said. Surveillance footage of the white pickup truck would eventually lead police to Lavergne.

Lavergne intentionally hit Shunick's bike and insisted that she enter his truck, the document said. He put her bike in the bed of his truck and the filing said that Lavergne was in possession of a knife and a semi-automatic handgun, which he kept in his car.

When Shunick attempted to grab her cellphone to call for help, Lavergne threatened her with his knife.

"Micky sprayed mace into the Defendant's face," the court document said. "Micky fought off the Defendant who succeeded in wrestling the mace from Mickey. Micky grabbed the Defendant's knife and proceeded to stab the Defendant several times in what would later be called life threatening wounds."

The court document misspells Shunick's first name throughout.

Lavergne tried to grab the knife from Shunick, which caused him to cut tendons in his hands.

"Micky fought with the much larger and stronger Defendant who succeeded in taking the knife from Micky," the filing said. "The Defendant then stabbed Micky at least 4 times and she fell over. Micky lay motionless. The Defendant felt for a pulse but felt nothing."

Lavergne then drove Shunick's motionless body to a secluded area 40 minutes away, where he planned to dump ber body and escape, according to the filing.

"Suddenly, Micky jumped up, with the Defendant's knife she had regained possession of and lunged at the Defendant stabbing him again in the chest," the court document said. "The Defendant pulled his semi-automatic handgun, which he had armed himself with, and shot Micky in the head, killing her instantly."

With his additional injuries, Lavergne did not leave Shunick's body and instead drove to his home to nurse his wounds, with her still in the passenger seat. At home, he also destroyed the clothes he was wearing.

He then drove to the area of an old cemetery in Evangeline Parish to bury the body, but was unable to dig because of his wounds, according to the filing.

"Instead, he left Micky's body in a nearby tree line, covering her body with branches and debris," the court document said.

Lavergne returned home to clean up more and formulate his plan. He destroyed more evidence and arranged to stay with an out-of-town friend. He dumped Shunick's bike in a river beneath a bridge where it was later discovered and became a key piece of the investigation.

He also disposed of the handgun and the knife, the document said.

When Lavergne returned to Lafayette from his friend's home in New Orleans the next day, he returned to where he had left Shunick's body and buried Shunick's body in a heavily wooded area near the old cemetery.

The body was found there in August 2012 and positively identified by authorities.

"The Defendant, and his counsel, affirm and agree that this factual basis is indeed true, correct, and accurate," the end of the document reads. "The Defendant affirms and agrees that he is, in fact, guilty of the First Degree Murder of Michaela Shunick."

The document is signed by the district attorney, Lavergne and his attorneys.

The Shunick family did not respond to request for comment today, but released a statement after today's court hearing, according to The Advocate newspaper.

"My sister, Mickey Shunick, was a warrior," Shunick's sister, Charlene "Charlie" Shunick, wrote. "If it wasn't for her, our community never would have been able to bring down a dangerous man that harmed multiple people."

Shunick's mother, Nancy Anne Rowe, wrote, "She refuses to be a victim. My courageous child faced down a monster. Now I think I can face monsters too. And so can you."

In the document, Lavergne also plead guilty to killing Lisa Pate in June 1999. He met her in Lafayette, La., and "enticed and persuaded" her to go with him to a place outside of the town. They were together for several days, but when Pate said she wanted to leave, he refused to let her.

Authorities believe Lavergne killed her by putting a plastic bag over her head, the document said. Her body was found in September 1999.

Prosecutor Keith Stutes was not available for comment this afternoon but said in court today that the plea agreement required Lavergne to tell investigators where Shunick's body was and to re-enact the events surrounding the killings, according to The Advocate.

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Wrapitup wrote:Published August 17, 2012
Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. –

Clay Lejeune, one of Lavergne's defense attorneys, says his client is relieved he can bring an end to the Shunick family's suffering.

"I think he had been carrying this. He was very remorseful throughout the process and wanted to bring some closure to the Shunick family. He wanted to give them some closure and recognized that a trial would only serve to create greater harm to them," Lejeune said.

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BBM. BS Lies crap There's no way I believe that POS is remorseful at any time, maybe because he got caught. No way did he care about the Shunick family's suffering, he was saving his own ass from the death penalty because he's the coward! There's no way I believe that between 1999 and 2012 that he didn't kill any other women, such a brutal man, no way.
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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:08 pm

agreed Thought the same thing when I read this. He simply did not want the DP.

Mickey truly fought for her life. RIP

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Post by lisette on Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:57 pm

Brandon Lavergne's plea deal doesn't preclude him from future cases

...Officials in several surrounding jurisdictions said earlier this summer that they were taking a closer look at some of their unsolved cases. In addition, a private investigator in Texas believes Lavergne may be tied to the April 2010 disappearance of 15-year-old Ali Lowitzer, based on similarities between the truck Lavergne was driving at the time and the one seen near Lowitzer just before she disappeared...

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Post by lisette on Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:59 pm

Mother of Brandon Scott Lavergne issues statement

"I would like to offer my condolences to the Shunick family. I would also like to have closure. I know I'm sorry is never enough however, it is all I have to offer at this moment. I am learning about this case as everyone else is, one newscast at a time, one Facebook post at a time, and one phone call at a time."

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Post by samgoodwin on Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:37 am

I agree, Raine and Wrap, that he just pleaded guilty to save himself from the DP. I'm glad she wounded him a lot. At least he never got a chance to molest her.

Lisette, you're right, Mickey probably saved countless other women from this perv.
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Post by Guest on Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:15 am

Let me chime in that I believe your all correct. He wanted to save his pathetic life. So glad that Mickey fought back. She died a Hero.
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Written by Media Sources
Monday, 20 August 2012 11:32

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) -
KLFY-TV in
Lafayette, LA reports the Lafayette Parish Coroner's Office will release the
body of Mickey Shunick to her family and make its report public Monday.

Brandon
Scott Lavergne, 33, will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading
guilty to murdering Shunick and Lisa Pate.

Court
documents show Shunick put up a fight against Lavergne. According to Lavergne's
court statement, he hit Shunick with his white pickup truck while she was
riding her bike the last night she was seen alive. She was thrown from the bike
and Lavergne insisted she get into his truck. He put her bike in the bed of the
pickup.

Shunick got
into the truck and grabbed her cell phone to call for help and Lavergne pulled
a knife out. She sprayed mace into Lavergne's face. As he was trying to get the
mace away from her, she grabbed the knife and stabbed Lavergne several times in
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:51 am

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Posted: Aug 20, 2012 5:37 PM CDT

After months of investigations, Lafayette Police and the district attorney's office were able to capture and put away a murderer and kidnapper.

On Friday, Brandon Scott Lavergne began serving a life sentence in Angola for the murders of Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate.

Monday the remains of Mickey Shunick were released to the Shunick family, three months after her disappearance.

After three months, the Shunick family finally knows where their daughter is and what happened the night of May 19th. Now, they're prepared to celebrate Mickey's life, and keep her story alive and since the community has been so supportive and adopted Mickey as their own a public memorial service is in the works. No date has been set just yet for a service. But in the meantime, Mickey's story continues to spread.

The family will hold a private funeral for friends and family. But, the public memorial will be held within the next couple weeks.

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:00 pm

Lavergne records remain sealed

12:07 AM, Aug 27, 2012
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Evidence and statements gathered during the investigation of Mickey Shunick's murder at the hands of Brandon Lavergne will not be released to the public at this time because of ongoing investigations.

"The documentary and investigative evidence "» contain matters that are still being investigated by both the Lafayette Police Department, as well as multiple other jurisdictions and agencies," City-Parish Attorney Michael Hebert wrote Friday in response to a public records request by The Daily Advertiser.

The information "remains part of continued investigative efforts that are reasonably anticipated to lead to future criminal litigation and are thus exempt from disclosure," Hebert wrote.

Lafayette Police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said Friday he could not comment.

On Aug. 20, The Daily Advertiser submitted a public records request to Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft and Hebert seeking the opportunity to review various statements, documents and evidence gathered during the three-month investigation that followed Shunick's disappearance.

Hebert responded that releasing the requested information "could severely jeopargize ongoing criminal investigations."

Among the requests was one for logs or reports of evidence recovered from Lavergne's property and home on Elaine Lane.

"It is this office's intention to ensure the integrity of all documentary, testimonial and physical evidence discovered thus far and not to release any information which could joepardize any jurisdiction or agency's investigations into other potential crimes," Hebert wrote.

Shunick, a 21-year-old University of Louisiana at Lafayette student, disappeared just before 2 a.m. May 19 while riding her bike from a friend's Ryan Street home to her parents' home off Ambassador Caffery Parkway near Congress Street.

Lavergne, 33, of the St. Landry Parish community of Swords, was arrested July 5 in connection with the disappearance. A grand jury indicted Lavergne July 27 for the murder of Shunick and Lisa Ann Pate, who was murdered in 1999. Her body was recovered in September 1999.

In a plea deal, Lavergne directed investigators to Shunick's body on Aug. 7 behind a cemetery in Evangeline Parish. As part of the deal, he pleaded guilty on Aug. 17 to the first-degree murders of Shunick and Pate in exchange for life in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Had he been tried and convicted, Lavergne could have been sentenced to death.

He was transferred Aug. 17 to the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:18 pm

3:06 PM, Sep 12, 2012

A psychological evaluation of Brandon Scott Lavergne, the man convicted in August of killing Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate, reveals he was hospitalized at age 15 for treatment of anger and depression and has a history of physical abuse and molestation.

The evaluation was ordered by prosecutors before Lavergne pleaded guilty on Aug. 17 to two charges of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

He is serving that prison term at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

Clinical psychologist Larry Benoit said Lavergne was treated for anger and depression at age 15 and spent 30 days at an inpatient adolescent unit of Central State Hospital in 1995.

“He admits a history of aggressive behavior. Family history is positive for substance abuse and psychiatric treatment,” Benoit wrote.

Lavergne reportedly was chronically physically abused and reported multiple instances of being molested by a babysitter when he was three or four years old, Benoit wrote in the report.

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:14 pm

Posted: Oct 15, 2012 8:00 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2012 8:05 PM

Newly released court documents paint a clearer picture of the evidence police say they had against Brandon Scott Lavergne involving the murder of Mickey Shunick. All of the following information comes from documents filed into court by the Lafayette Police Department.

On May 26, 2012, two fishermen found Mickey's damaged bicycle under the Whiskey Bay I-10 Bridge. They transported it to their residence in Sunset to use as scrap metal, but called police the next morning when they realized it could be Mickey's. Lafayette Police processed the scene and noticed the handgrips had been removed, but they were located on the shoreline where the bike was found. They were also able to unlock the padlock on the bike using Mickey's combination.

According to an incident report taken on May 31, 2012, Lafayette Police were tipped off by Lavergne's fiance's family. We're choosing not to identify those involved at this time. The tipster told police that his wife's sister was dating Lavergne. He also revealed Lavergne owned a white Z71 truck and had been injured in a stabbing in New Orleans on May 19, 2012. (Police released the surveillance pictures on May 24, 2012.) The caller told police Lavergne wasn't using his truck since the incident, had thrown a bloody shirt in the dumpster behind his father-in-law's home, and the dumpster had already been emptied. He also told police his father-in-law spoke to police several days earlier, on May 28th.

On June 4, 2012, a worker at Don's Wholesale called police regarding Lavergne's attempt to purchase a truck. She told police Lavergne indicated his truck was stolen in Houston, TX. She also said Lavergne's arm was bandaged and it "freaked her out". The employee also said Lavergne had a cut on his finger and that he is a registered sex offender from Church Point. Another employee indicated Lavergne said he cut his finger while fishing.

On June 13, 2012, the tipster called back again. He advised Lavergne's truck now had a paper plate from Don's Wholesale which was odd. The information was handed over to the Task Force on June 14, 2012. This same day, police ran a history of insurance claims for Lavergne and found out Lavergne reported his truck stolen from his sister's home in Conroe, TX. The vehicle was found hours later in San Jacinto County, TX. Lavergne was paid in full by State Farm for the truck. The fire marshal noted that tires had been placed inside and outside of the passenger side of the truck. The passenger side doors were left open in an effort to accelerate the fire on the inside of the truck.

This same day, police obtained statements from employees at Don's Wholesale. One worker said Lavergne flirted with her, telling her that her pants fit well. He told another worker his truck was stolen, and he tried to give them an altered license when purchasing the truck. She said she noticed he tried to hide the words sex offender from his license, so she made a copy of the license to give to police. The employee also noticed his arm was bandaged to his elbow and there were cuts on the back of his triceps. A third employee told police Lavergne became nervous when she began to talk about the Shunick case. She said he seemed to be in a rush after he noticed the news had new information about the case.

On June 18, 2012, a meeting was set up with the family of Lavergne's fiance. They talked for 35 minutes.

On June 20, 2012, cell phone records of Lavergne's were analyzed. Police say Lavergne was actively attempting to contact sexual escort services from May 18th through the early morning hours of May 19th. He made approximately 24 calls to escort services.

On June 21, 2012, the Lafayette Police department met with employees at John R. Young Chevy in Eunice. They indicated that Lavergne wanted a quote to replace the entire leather interior of his truck. However, Lavergne never called back to set up an appointment. Cell phone records indicate Lavergne called another upholstery shop after speaking to employees at Young Chevy.

On June 22, 2012, police obtained medical records from Opelousas General Hospital. Records indicate he was treated at the hospital for a laceration to his right pinky finger. The records documented that blood work was done on May 23rd for a scheduled surgery on May 25th, however the surgery was not done because of Lavergne having poison ivy. Records indicated he had surgery on May 29th to repair a tendon in his finger.

On June 27, 2012, police obtained a search warrant for Lavergne's dental records in Opelousas. Doctors told police Lavergne was getting routine dental work on his braces. Police also obtained Lavergne's records from Ochsner Medical Center. Those records indicate Lavergne was driven to the hospital in his friend's truck at 3:51 p.m. Lavergne had multiple stab wounds on his body, with the most severe being on his neck and right shoulder. Records show he arrived with blood saturated band-aids covering wounds that were no longer bleeding. Lavergne was released from the hospital the following day on May 20th; it was later discovered Lavergne took pictures of himself in the hospital with his cell phone.

Also today, investigators met with Lavergne's fiance's father who relayed a statement Lavergne made to him after exchanging his truck for an identical one: "I didn't know human blood smelt so bad". The father said Lavergne told them he was stabbed in New Orleans while trying to pump gas.

On June 29, 2012, police obtained a search warrant for Lavergne's home on Elaine Lane in Church Point. Police learned that Lavergne had two active traffic warrants. A suitcase was found at the home, belonging to that of "Susan Flesch"; the suitcase was later found to be one that was donated to him following a previous house fire he had. Police also found two wallets, one was of a person who died of natural causes. The other wallet belonged to his sister who had lived with him for a time.

Today, they also met with employees at Jim Tatman's Mobile Homes in Carencro. They told police Lavergne purchased a mobile home from them; records they had showed Lavergne altered his license to conceal the fact he was a sex offender.

On July 5, 2012, surveillance equipment was installed on Lavergne's truck in Boothville, La., so police could track him when he came from offshore. He was followed and arrested on I-10 at mile marker 104 for modifying his driver's license. When questioned about his whereabouts on May 19th, Lavergne initially said he didn't recall what he did that day. Police then advised him they knew of his stay at the New Orleans hospital, to which Lavergne replied "oh yeah". They started questioning him about the Mickey Shunick case, and he stated he heard of the case; police say he had Mickey's mother's number on an envelope in his truck and had a search history on the case on his I-phone. He was further questioned about the case, and then he asked for an attorney.

Police also interview Lavergne's sister today. She said that Lavergne told her that his truck was involved in a shooting and he needed to get rid of it. She said she followed him around San Jacinto County until he found a spot he could burn the truck. His sister said a short time later she saw a large flame and Lavergne running towards her vehicle. She also said he coached her on what to tell police, basically that he was asleep inside the home the entire evening. Lavergne's sister said he told her he hurt himself at work, but he changed his story when she saw the stab wounds. He then told her he was stabbed in New Orleans by a white male who had asked him for money. She also informed a police she didn't have contact with Lavergne for a while because he tried to have sex with her in 1999 when she was seven months pregnant. She told police she didn't know anything about the missing girl until her brother was arrested. She also agreed to go along with his plan because he agreed to forgive her for a $300 debt she owed him. Lavergne's nephew also spoke to police. He told them he was asked to retrieve Lavergne's cell phone from the truck, and he noticed someone scratched the seat - about 12 scratch marks.

On July 5, 2012, police also spoke with the friend who drove Lavergne to the hospital in New Orleans. Lavergne spoke with his friend on his cell phone from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 20th. The friend told police Lavergne told him he was stabbed by two friends in Lafayette, but he drove to New Orleans so they wouldn't get in trouble for the incident. The friend also noticed a significant amount of blood on the center console of his Z71. He noted Lavergne was in a clean shirt and had band aids covering his stab wounds.

On July 9, 2012, a warrant was served at Lavergne's doctor's office in Opelousas. This was where Lavergne was treated for "spotty" poison ivy and a laceration on his finger. Employees there say Lavergne indicated he was "jumped" by three guys on Bourbon Street. Another nurse said Lavergne told her he was attacked at a gas station by a thin, 6-foot tall black male near the Super Dome.

On July 11, 2012, detectives reviewed items taken from Lavergne's truck. Included in those items was a plain white envelope with Mickey's mother's cell phone number. The only prints on the envelope were that of Lavergne's.

On July 12, 2012, police reviewed Lavergne's text messages and say he offered a DMV official $500 to get him a driver's license without "sex offender" written on it.

Cell phones records indicate support the police department's claims that he was in Lafayette the morning Mickey went missing, then went back to his home that same morning. He drove to New Orleans the afternoon of 5/19/12 and drove back to his fiance's home in Acadia Parish on 5/20/12.

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Post by raine1953 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:06 pm

LAFAYETTE — A search of Brandon Scott Lavergne’s home in the investigation of Mickey Shunick’s death uncovered the driver’s license of a woman whose whereabouts remain unknown, according to a review of a case file released Monday by the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The case file documents what Police Chief Jim Craft characterized Monday as “the biggest and most complicated and involved investigation that I am aware of in the history of the Police Department.”

Lavergne, 33, is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in August to two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of Shunick, 21, and Lisa Pate, 35.

He admitted to killing Shunick after abducting the University of Louisiana at Lafayette student as she traveled home on her bicycle in the early morning hours of May 19 near downtown Lafayette.

Pate’s remains were discovered Sept. 21, 1999, in rural Acadia Parish. Lavergne had long been a suspect in the case but had not been formally charged until after his arrest in the Shunick investigation this year.

According information in the investigative files released on Monday, detectives found the wallet and driver’s license of a Texas woman named Madeline Aumiller in a search of Lavergne’s Church Point home on July 5.

Detectives tracked down the woman’s brother, who said that she had been living with him but that he had asked her to move out “due to too many problems he could not deal with,” according to the case file.

The brother said he had continued to put money in his sister’s bank account but that she had not accessed the account since at least April, according to the case file.

Prosecutor Roger Hamilton, who was involved in the Shunick investigation, said Monday that information about the driver’s license was forwarded to other jurisdictions outside of Louisiana but that he has heard nothing about whether the woman has been located or whether Lavergne was connected to her in any way.

Hamilton did confirm that Lavergne is not considered a suspect in any local disappearances or unsolved crimes.

“We didn’t find anything else to suggest any other crimes committed in the Acadiana area,” he said.

The case filed on released on Monday indicates that the first tips connecting Lavergne to Shunick’s disappearance came in late May from the family members of a woman Lavergne was dating.

The family members told police of their suspicions about Lavergne’s white Chevrolet Z71 truck — the same color, make and model recorded on surveillance video following Shunick on May 19 — and about a story Lavergne had told about being stabbed and robbed while in New Orleans on May 19, the day Shunick disappeared.

Lavergne told prosecutors after his arrest that Shunick had grabbed his knife and stabbed him as she fought for her life.

Detectives were chasing literally hundreds of leads when the first tips about Lavergne came in, but the investigation quickly honed in on him over the next three weeks, according to the case file.

Detectives confirmed that a Chevrolet Z71 registered to Lavergne was found burned in Texas and that he had reported it stolen and bought another Z71 to replace it — a move that prosecutors have said was done to “lessen local suspicion.”

Detectives also secured a court order for Lavergne’s cellphone records, which indicated he was in the Lafayette area about the time Shunick disappeared and had been “actively attempting to contact sexual escorts on his cellular telephone,” according to the case file.

Detectives then confirmed that Lavergne had sought medical treatment in New Orleans for stab wounds within 24 hours of Shunick’s disappearance.

On June 29, six days before Lavergne’s arrest, detectives obtained a warrant to search his home and also secretly placed a satellite tracking device on his truck.

One reason for tracking the vehicle was to monitor Lavergne to see if he would lead them to Shunick, Craft said.

At that point, he said, investigators were orchestrating a plan to take Lavergne into custody without giving him or any of his acquaintances an opportunity to destroy evidence.

Their effort was made more complicated when, about a week before the arrest, someone who knew Lavergne posted on Facebook that he was being eyed as a suspect, Craft said.

“Word was starting to get out that we had suspect,” Craft said. “… It actually got posted on a Facebook page.”

He said police were able to quickly get the Facebook page removed.

On July 5, State Police pulled over Lavergne in Lafayette Parish and took him into custody while a group of detectives searched his home and others fanned out to interview friends and relatives believed to have some knowledge about the case, according to the case file.

“It was a pretty complicated and well-executed plan of serving search warrants and interviewing witness simultaneously,” Craft said.

Less than 30 days after his arrest, Lavergne pleaded guilty in a deal that spared him from the death penalty. But when taken in to custody on July 5, Lavergne had denied any involvement in Shunick’s disappearance.

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Post by raine1953 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:16 pm

Missing woman linked to Lavergne

Investigators found the driver's license of a missing Texas woman this summer when they searched the home of Brandon Scott Lavergne, the confessed killer of Mickey Shunick. But local law enforcement agencies aren't looking for the woman.

Lavergne was arrested July 5 and confessed Aug. 17 to killing Shunick on May 19 and to killing Lisa Pate in 1999. He is serving a life sentence in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

On July 7, two days after Lavergne's arrest, detectives searching his St. Landry Parish mobile home found two wallets, each containing a driver's license, according to a police report released Monday by the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

The driver's licenses belonged to Frank and Madeline Aumiller, the report states. Frank Aumiller died of natural causes in 2009.

Lt. Megan Vizena with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office said the evidence from Lavergne's mobile home, which is in St. Landry Parish, was turned over to the Lafayette Police Department as lead agency in the Shunick investigation.

Vizena and Cpl. Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department said investigators on the Shunick case interviewed Madeline Aumiller's family.

The family had not and was not interested in filing a missing person's report, Vizena said. Without a missing person's report, there is no case to investigate, she said.

Madeline Aumiller's whereabouts were unknown when detectives interviewed her brother this summer, according to the report.

The brother told detectives he bought his sister a vehicle "and told her to move out of his residence due to too many problems he could not deal with," the report states.

Madeline Aumiller's brother said he regularly put money into her bank account. He said he stopped when she did not return his calls, hoping it would prompt her to call. But she didn't call.

Madeline Aumiller last accessed the account in April or May, he told detectives in July.

"To this date, he still has not heard from his sister," one of the detectives wrote.


The brother noted that Madeline Aumiller had ties to Lafayette and was friends with a local business owner who is now deceased, the report states.

In another report released Monday by the district attorney, an investigator wrote that on July 12, FBI agents interviewed an Austin, Texas, woman who was pregnant with Lavergne's baby.

Lavergne told her how he had picked up a woman in her 50s who was hitchhiking in Beaumont, Texas. The woman ran away from his truck in Round Rock, Texas, she said.

The investigator noted that Lavergne told a similar story to someone at a business in Lafayette.

The age description of the hitchhiker Lavergne allegedly picked up matches that of Madeline Aumiller, the investigator wrote.

A Sept. 19, 2009, obituary lists Frank Ben Aumiller's address at the time of his death as Beaumont. He was identified as the owner of Kandy Oil Company in Genoa, Ark.

The obituary stated that Madeline Aumiller's residence at the time was in Shreveport. The brother who spoke to detectives was living in Beaumont at the time, according to the obituary.

The Beaumont Police Department did not respond Wednesday to our inquiry about Madeline Aumiller's disappearance.
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I didn't start a separate thread on this woman as I couldn't find info via google and the family won't file a missing person's report.
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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:01 pm

This person was quite busy. WOW!!!!

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Post by raine1953 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:35 pm

Brandon Scott Lavergne, the man accused of slaying of two women, including University of Louisiana-Lafayette Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, has asked a judge to vacate the guilty pleas he entered in August, officials say.

Brandon Scott Lavergne, who pleaded guilty to the murders of Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate in August, has filed a motion to void those guilty pleas.
15th Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson said Tuesday Lavergne, 34, filed a second motion to vacate the guilty pleas he entered to two counts of first-degree murders in the deaths of Shunick and the unrelated 1999 slaying of Lisa Pate. The first motion was denied on technical grounds, Harson said.

Harson said it's not unusual for inmates to decide they want to withdraw their initial guilty pleas once the reality of their future life in prison sets in.

"After they get to jail they realize how much time they got and they have no place to go. They start hearing about things, chances to get out of prison," Harson said. "He has nothing to lose by asking for it. "

Lavergne pleaded guilty to the deaths under a plea deal that allowed him to avoid the death penalty. If the judge grants Lavergne a hearing and his case goes to trial, Harson said Lavergne could face the death penalty again if he's found guilty.

Under the plea deal and in exchange for a life sentence without parole, Lavergne was required to give details about the slayings of Shunick and Pate. He also had to lead officials to Shunick's body, which he hid after he killed the student.

Shunick went missing the early hours of May 19, just days before she turned 22. Court documents say Lavergne, a registered sex offender, hit the student's bike while she was biking home from a friend's house.

According to the documents, Lavergne either persuaded or forced Shunick to get into his truck and then stabbed her several times with a knife after the student tried to fight back with Mace.

Court documents say Lavergne believe Shunick to be dead, so he drove her to an isolated sugar can field in north Acadia Parish where he intended to dump her body.

At the field, Shunick managed to re-arm herself with Lavergne's knife and stabbed him. Lavergne then pulled a semiautomatic weapon and shot her in the head. She died instantly.

At the time of Lavergne's arrest, his attorney Clay Lejeune said Lavergne was relieved he could bring an end to the Shunick family's suffering.

"He wanted to give them some closure and recognized that a trial would only serve to create greater harm to them," Lejeune said.

Lejeune did not immediately return a telephone message.
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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:55 pm

Too little to late IMHO. He plead Guilty, he IS Guilty.

This Lavergne is a Monster!

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Post by raine1953 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:21 pm

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Normal Mickey Shunik case w/be featured on NBS's Dateline Tues, Jan. 29th.

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Post by raine1953 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:03 am

LAFAYETTE — In voluminous court documents filed at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse, convicted killer Brandon Scott Lavergne rails against the people and the system he blames for where he is now, serving two life sentences in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Lavergne, who is acting as his own attorney, has been in Angola since pleading guilty in August to the 2012 murder of Michaela “Mickey” Shunick, of Lafayette, and the 1999 murder of Lisa Pate, also of Lafayette. He pleaded guilty after prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty.

In the latest document filed by Lavergne on March 1, he wrote that he would protest his plight by staging a hunger strike starting on March 3.

Lavergne started eating again on March 7, said Pam Laborde, communications director for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, said in an email Monday.

A sampling of Lavergne’s writings reveals that he also has asked a judge to void his guilty pleas and alleged errors and misdeeds by prosecutors and his court-appointed attorneys.

“The petitioner (Lavergne) is horrified at this witchhunt and sham called his due process,” Lavergne wrote on Feb. 28 on page 4 of a five-page motion.

Lavergne also says prosecutors and police leaked information to the media that hurt his case. “There was a media fire storm surrounding the Shunick case even before the arrest of the petitioner (Lavergne),” he wrote.

Lavernge also claims the state is withholding from him life-saving medical equipment for his sleep apnea and that Angola Warden Burl Cain placed him in solitary confinement against his wishes and without a reason.

Laborde said Lavergne’s solitary confinement status is “a non-punitive cell block environment” that was “determined by Angola staff to be the most suitable at the current time to ensure his safety and the safety of staff and other offenders.”

Laborde said Lavergne’s stay in the solitary-cell wing of the prison in West Feliciana Parish could end, depending on staff reviews.

Cain did not respond to requests for an interview, which Laborde said was standard because Lavergne has made legal complaints about his lodgings.

In court documents, Lavergne refers to himself in the third person and uses the language of attorneys. He uses words like “prayer” and addresses “this honorable court” with documents filed “pro se,” a legal term for a layman doing his own legal work.

Lavergne even writes about what may have been his strategy early on in the investigation, but he says prosecutors and his own attorneys took away that strategy.

“The state committed numerous constitutional violations to break the petitioners (sic) will to continue to invoke the 5th Amendment, and then later force a plea,” Lavergne wrote in Page 5 of the 10-page affidavit he filed Jan. 13.

A call left with one of Lavergne’s attorneys, Clay Lejeune of Eunice, seeking comment was not returned Monday.

Lafayette Parish District Attorney Mike Harson on Monday said in an email that Lavergne’s prolific output of legal documents is not unusual.

“He, like other similarly situated prisoners, have large amounts of time to think about their predicament and conjure up all kinds of alleged ‘wrongs’ that were done to them,” Harson said.

Later in the Jan. 13 affidavit, Lavergne wrote that he told a psychologist that “even though he (Lavergne) felt he deserved jail time for the things that he did do, that he did not murder Lisa Pate or M. “Mickey” Shunick and didn’t deserve life.”

A California psychologist also said Monday that Lavergne’s actions are not considered unusual.

“It seems like there’s a certain group who hang on to the idea that they were wrongly convicted,” said Dr. Martin Williams of San Jose, Calif., who evaluates defendants seeking an insanity defense in criminal cases, and who formerly worked for the California Board of Parole Hearings.

Williams conceded that he knew few details about Lavergne. But in general, “there are some inmates who do actual crimes and believe the system is plotting against them,” Williams said.

“The other possibility is severe mental illness and paranoid delusions, and in a moment of clarity maybe he confesses to the crime he did, and then he goes back into his delusional world where everybody’s plotting against him,” Williams said.
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Post by raine1953 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:04 am

How dare he complain after what he did to Mickey and Lisa! What a coward.
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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:10 am

Oh, Please!!! Boo hoo hoo!!!

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Normal Mickey Shunick's Killer Made His Bed -- Now He Has To Lay in It

Post by raine1953 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:33 pm

March 12, 2013 07:15 PM EDT
Mickey Shunick's killer isn't having the best luck lately. Brandon Scott Lavergne had filed a motion to withdraw his guilty pleas regarding the murders of the Lafayette woman and another Louisiana woman. It's not surprising to hear that a judge has denied his motion, rendering him (for now) a guilty murderer who will likely die in prison.

Brandon Lavergne made his bed, and now he has to lay in it. He's the one who confessed to killing Mickey Shunick and he is who led officials to her buried remains. It's more than obvious that he is the one who murdered her, and if he isn't, he's covering for someone close (and that's highly unlikely).

Mickey Shunick's family can rest easy knowing that he isn't going to get out of prison anytime soon (if ever at all), and it's likely that no judge in Louisiana will withdraw those guilty pleas. What's done is done and unless some miraculous turn of events takes place, things are going to stay this way.
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