Brandon Scott Lavergne Requests Gag Order On District Attorney’s Office, Investigation Into Mail Tampering
LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL) -- Brandon Scott Lavergne, the man convicted of murdering Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate, has asked a state district judge to issue a gag order against District Attorney Mike Harson's office.
In court documents filed Jan. 22 obtained by our news partners at KATC TV-3, Lavergne insists "the state is playing politics with [his] life and attempting to use the tide of public opinion to influence the judgment of [the court]."
According to the same records, Lavergne has also requested an investigation into alleged tampering with court documents mailed to him. He claims that legal mail sent to him from state district judge Herman Clause was opened before he received it and that certain documents were missing from that packet.
Lavergne also requested other documents, including:
- The documents missing from the aforementioned legal mail sent to him
- April 2008 grand jury transcripts pertaining to the Lisa Pate case
- Copies of his conviction and sentence
- The list of witnesses who testified in the Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate
- Sentencing transcripts and pre-trial motions made by his court-appointed attorneys.
- The warrant allowing his ex-wife to record audio during a prison visit in 2005
- Copies of correspondance his ex-wife had with prosecutors and the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office.
- The warrant authorizing the July 5 search on his truck, which led to the seizure of his iPhone.