Debate over text messages dominates Day 8 of murder trial of 2 alleged cop killers
Both men are accused of killing Shreveport police Officer Chatéri Payne
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Day eight in the trial of two men accused of killing Shreveport police Officer Chatéri Payne offered a lot of argument between lawyers but very little testimony.
Defense attorneys spent most of Wednesday, April 13 objecting to prosecutors introducing text messages into evidence. Those messages allegedly were sent by TreVeon Anderson. Prosecutors argue that they prove he organized a plot to kill Payne.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Judge John Mosley ruled against the defense.
Then a forensic detective who recovered the alleged conspiracy texts from Anderson’s cellphone testified to the jury about what the messages say.
Anderson and Payne were dating but reportedly were going through a breakup when she was shot to death in January 2019.
Anderson and two other men, Glen Frierson and Lawrence Pierre, were indicted on charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Last week, Lawrence pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and got a life sentence.
Anderson and Frierson are standing trial together.
Both face life in prison if convicted as charged.
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