Supreme Court denies writ for man sentenced in beating death of Oakdale man

Published 5:27 pm Wednesday, May 22, 2024

A filing for a supervisory writ by an Oakdale man convicted of manslaughter after severely beating another man with a baseball bat during an argument has been denied by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The Louisiana Supreme Court recently ruled that the supervisory writ filed by Toby Antoine, an inmate with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, would be denied. All seven justices voted unanimously in favor of denying the writ.

The supervisory writ was filed by Antoine after two separate post conviction reliefs, challenging his conviction and sentence, were denied.

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Antoine is serving 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in 2005 in the 33rd Judicial District Court in Allen Parish.

Antoine is accused of using a baseball bat to beat 19-year-old Tyrone Terry during an argument in September 2003. Terry died two days later in a local hospital from injuries he suffered in the beating.

Terry was reportedly hit several times in the head with a bat during the argument, which occurred on Scott Street in Oakdale, according to police.

Antoine was initially indicted on a second-degree murder in October 2003 by a grand jury in Allen Parish. He later pled guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter under a plea agreement in District Court.

In previous court filings, Antoine said he thought he was to be sentenced to 20 years under the terms of a plea agreement instead of the 35 years he is currently serving.