ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for two Abbeville men accused in the June killing of an off-duty Vermilion Parish Sheriff's deputy, who was shot when he tried to arrest the pair after a home burglary.

The Advocate reports ( ) Quintylan Kerry Richard and Baylon Lashawn Taylor, both 20, are being tried in separate courts with different judges and defense attorneys. Assistant District Attorney Ted Ayo will prosecute both cases.

Both Richard and Taylor have pleaded not guilty to an array of charges, including first-degree murder of a police officer. Richard was arraigned Wednesday before Judge Marilyn Castle, and Taylor's arraignment was Monday in Judge Thomas Duplantier's court.

Deputy Allen Bares Jr. was a 12-year veteran law enforcement officer when he was gunned down on June 23.


Information from: The Advocate,


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