New date for defendant in slaying of trooper

A new trial date has been scheduled in for the man charged with the 2015 first-degree murder of state trooper Steven Vincent.

Kevin Daigle, 55, was to stand trial March 13 in state district court for the August 2015 fatal shooting of Vincent, 44, near Bell City, with prosecutors seeking the death penalty. On Feb. 7, Judge Guy Bradberry granted a defense motion for continuance due to the cancer diagnosis of attorney David Price of the Baton Rouge Conflict Office. No new date was set at that time.

On Wednesday, Bradberry reset Daigle’s trial to Sept. 18. But he told attorneys that the court would still need to check with officials in Benton on the compatibility of that date. Jurors are to be selected from Bossier Parish and be brought to Lake Charles for the trial.

A hearing on “Jackson” evidence — prior bad acts or violent criminal behavior that is introduced at the penalty phase of a capital case — was set to begin on Wednesday. But the hearing was reset for June 14 — the day Bradberry will issue his ruling on the prosecution’s motion for Daigle to undergo an independent medical exam.

Prosecutor Rick Bryant requested that the defense provide a once-a-month status report to the court of Price’s status over the next few months. Bradberry agreed.

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