CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A Caddo Parish jury rendered a guilty verdict Wednesday afternoon in the case of a Shreveport man charged with a double slaying that happened two years ago almost to the day.
But the verdict handed down was for two counts of manslaughter. Word came just after 4 p.m. at the Caddo Parish Court House, about five hours after the jury began deliberations.
A bit of a surprise for Leslie Moss' family.
"We thought we would second degree but it's said and done," said Dustin Moss, Leslie Moss' brother.
Roderrick Scott had been charged with two counts of second degree murder in the beating and shooting death of Stuart Myers, 29, and the beating death of Leslie Moss, 27, on August 12, 2012. A source in Caddo D.A. Charles R. Scott's office said the lesser charges were decided by the jury. No further information about the changes to the charges is available at this time.
Moss said though, even a guilty verdict won't bring his nephews their mother and father back.
"They saw him shoot their dad, they saw him jump on Stuart, they saw him beat Stuart in the head, they saw him attack my sister," he said.
The events leading up to the murders began about 9:30 a.m. at a mobile home at 8954 Lindsey Road, where deputies say they and fire officials responded after a 9-1-1 call to investigate a domestic disturbance.
The disturbance centered around Scott and his girlfriend, Myers' mother, Myers and Moss, who had all recently began having difficulties living together. On the day of the murder, Scott and Myers' mother began moving their belongings out of the house when a fight broke out.
At that point, Scott shot Myers and beat him in the head with a shotgun. He then beat Moss in the head with the same weapon.
Dustin Moss said the autopsy photos were gruesome.
"He beat Leslie and Stuart so bad he bent a 12-gauge shotgun," he said.
Moss was removed from life support less than a week later at what is now University Health Shreveport. The beating led to extensive and irreversible brain damage, family members said then.
"There are two families that are heartbroken," Dustin Moss said. "Not just mine, but his [Myers'] mom, his sister, his aunts, his uncle, his kids."