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DeRidder man guilty of second-degree murder

Last Modified: Monday, January 27, 2014 4:42 PM

By Lauren Manary / American Press

DERIDDER — A man accused of fatally shooting someone in March was found guilty of second-degree murder Saturday.

Chadrick Mayes, 35, of DeRidder, will be sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 29. The penalty for second-degree murder is life in prison.

Mayes shot David “Kenny” Palmer in the early-morning hours of March 30 at a party celebrating a wedding that was to be held for Palmer’s nephew the next day. Jurors deliberated for an hour before returning their verdict.

The victim’s wife and daughter, Melanie and Shareen Palmer, became emotional when the verdict was read and embraced each other. Melanie thanked the jurors as they left.

“Justice was served today,” said Liz Palmer, the victim’s mother. “There was no remorse (by Mayes) for what took place. We didn’t receive an apology or a phone call — not anything.”

Paul Fairley, the host of the party, had said he tried to block Mayes and Palmer from fighting.

He said Mayes shot Palmer and fled. Mayes was arrested later that morning with his brother, Antonio. Antonio pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact.

Calcasieu Parish Coroner Terry Welke testified that Palmer was killed by a gunshot wound to the head from a .40-caliber handgun. He said the shot was fired from about 2 feet away. The defense had claimed the shooting was done in self-defense.

“The only testimony that suggests self-defense is the self-serving testimony of Chadrick Mayes,” prosecutor Richard Blankenship said. “The self-serving testimony that keeps him out of prison.”

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