Sanity evaluation ordered for suspect in 2015 slaying of SPD officer

Sanity evaluation ordered for suspect in 2015 slaying of SPD officer
Grover Cannon, 29

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Caddo Parish judge has ordered a sanity evaluation for the man accused in the fatal shooting Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley in August of 2015.

Grover Cannon, 28, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first degree murder, attempted second degree murder and battery of a police officer.

Defense attorneys had asked for the court-appointed sanity commission to determine whether Cannon is fit to stand trial.

The state agreed to the sanity commission, and Judge Ramona Emmanuel ordered it at a hearing Monday morning in Caddo District Court.

The commission, made up of 2 licensed and qualified physicians appointed by the court, will evaluate Cannon's capacity to understand the proceedings against him and his ability to assist in his defense.

Sanity commissions also evaluate a defendant's need for inpatient hospitalization in the event he or she is found incompetent.

The commission's findings will be presented at a sanity hearing set for September 21.

A trial date was set back in April for February 5, 2017, but defense attorneys had been pushing for it to be moved to June 2017. The issue was not raised during Monday's hearing, however, and Caddo District Attorney Ed Bleuer told KSLA News 12 that is because the defense is no longer pushing for a later trial date.

Cannon was captured August 5 after a citywide manhunt following the murder of officer Thomas LaValley on August 5. LaValley was shot while responding to a suspicious persons call inside a Queensborough home when, according to court testimony, Cannon opened fire.

Of the 15 shots fired, one came from a 9 mm handgun. The rest came from a .40 caliber handgun. LaValley was shot 6 times.

LaValley's service weapon, Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun, has not been recovered. The reward for its recovery remains at $5,000.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Cannon if convicted.

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