Dionte Bracken convicted of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder

A 12-member jury in Iberville Parish deliberated for over three hours late into the night of May 12 and unanimously found Dionte Bracken (DOB 09/12/2000, of 57345 Cpl. Herman Brown, White Castle) guilty of one count of second degree murder and one count of attempted second degree murder.

According to District Attorney Tony Clayton, the victims, Jaion Knight and Deandre Brown, were sitting in Brown’s car when Bracken emerged from the darkness on August 20, 2020, opened the car door and started shooting, leaving very little opportunity for the victims to defend themselves. Knight was killed and Brown in injured in the shooting. Bracken was arrested the next day for the shootings.

Clayton commended the hard work of the jury in the three-day trial, saying, “They understood the case presented, and handed down justice for the families and the Bayou Goula community.”  

He also praised the investigative work on the case. “I commend the work of the Iberville, Ascension, and Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Offices, along with the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. They did a great job working this case and finding all the evidence across all these parishes,” stated Clayton. 

Chad Aguillard, who is Clayton’s Chief of Trials, prosecuted this case along with Assistant District Attorneys Niki Roberts and Brilliant Clayton.  Honorable Judge Alvin Batiste, Jr. presided over the case and set sentencing for Bracken on July 7, 2022.

Second degree murder carries a mandatory life in prison sentence, while attempted second degree murder carries up to 50 years in prison. 

In closing, Clayton stated, “This senseless gun violence needs to stop and will not be tolerated in the 18th Judicial District. Put the guns down and work out your differences.”

Two men convicted of murder, feticide by Pointe Coupee jury

An 18th Judicial District Court jury in Pointe Coupee returned guilty verdicts on April 8  in the trial of two men for a deadly Valentine’s Day shooting in 2019 that killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

Treveon Robinson, 22, of 2022 Lobdell Hwy., Port Allen, was found guilty of second degree murder, first degree feticide, attempted second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Andre Griffin, 24, also of Port Allen, was found guilty of second degree murder, first degree feticide, and attempted second degree murder. Both men face life in prison.

Aerial Edwards, 25, of Glynn, and her unborn child, were killed in the murders. “It’s sad that this little boy never had an opportunity to live life and be a part of the Edwards family, but by serving justice on the people that killed that little baby boy and his mama, we’re able to provide some sort of closure to that family,” said Assistant District Attorney Chad Aguillard. “I pray that they can now move on and put this chapter of their lives behind them.”

The trial lasted two weeks, and the jury deliberated two hours before returning the guilty verdicts. District Judge Kevin Kimball presided over the trial.

“These young folks who have chosen a life of violence appear not to have gotten our message,” said District Attorney Tony Clayton. “If you choose to take the life of another unjustifiably you will forfeit your right to live freely. Put the guns down or you will die in Angola. We take no joy in prosecuting you, but you leave us no choice. Put the guns down.”

Edwards was killed in the drive-by shooting into a house she shared with her boyfriend, Kendel Mingo, on Russell Lane in Glynn on Feb. 14, 2019. She was asleep in bed at the time. In testimony during the trail, the DA’s office established that the shots fired into the house were intended to kill Mingo. After the shooting Mingo called the Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Office and rushed Edwards to the hospital, but she died before arriving.

The DA’s office presented evidence that the shots that hit Edwards also killed the unborn child. “We presented real-life evidence of the death of an innocent, unborn baby that emanated from the senseless, stupid violence of Andre Griffin and Treveon Robinson,” Aguillard said.

“It was extremely emotional to see that happen in a live trial for the jurors, who were conducting their civic duty.”

 “District Attorney Tony Clayton has taken a position that when a case involves serious gun violence we will not standby and work out deals. Our objective is to present these cases to the juries of our three parishes to get justice for the victims,” added Aguillard.