Witness refuses to answer questions during trial of 2 of 3 accused of killing SPD officer
He previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — It was a tense afternoon Thursday, April 14 in the murder trial of two of the men accused of killing Shreveport police Officer Chatéri Payne.
Prosecutors called Lawrence Pierre to the stand to testify. He’s one of three whom police arrested and charged in connection with Payne’s death.
Last week, Pierre pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
But on Thursday, wearing a grey and white pin-stripped prison jumpsuit, he refused to answer any questions. Prosecutors hoped to use Pierre’s testimony to implicate his one-time co-defendants — TreVeon Anderson and Glenn Frierson — in a conspiracy to murder Payne.
Anderson and Frierson also face life in prison if convicted as charged.
Over defense attorneys’ objections, prosecutors kept asking Pierre detailed questions about his earlier confessions that allegedly establish Anderson’s and Frierson’s involvement in the murder.
But Pierre remained silent on the stand, only saying “I chose not to answer.”
Prosecutors are now expected to try to show the jury a video of Pierre confessing to police.
Defense lawyers already are saying they’ll object to the tapes because they can’t cross-examine recorded statements Pierre made against Anderson and Frierson.
Court will be in recess Friday in observance of the Good Friday holiday. Testimony will resume the morning of Monday, April 18.
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