CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Trial is scheduled to start Monday for a man suspected of cutting a former girlfriend's throat, killing her.
Kelvin Dewayne Brown II, 29, of the 400 block of Kingston Road in Benton, is being tried on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the slaying of 33-year-old Alicia West.
She was killed shortly after she ended her relationship with him.
Officers summoned to a home in the 2900 block of Oak Forest Lane in Shreveport just before 4:30 a.m. Dec. 6, 2014, found West with a severe laceration to her neck. She died a short time later at University Health in Shreveport.
Investigators have said that Brown was obsessed with West and was "lying in wait" to attack her once she returned home.
Brown was booked into Shreveport City Jail at 3 p.m. Dec. 6, 2014, on a charge of second-degree murder and later transferred to Caddo Correctional Center, where he has remained since being booked at 9:20 p.m. Dec. 6, 2014.
A Caddo grand jury indicted Brown on Jan. 22, 2015, on a charge of first-degree murder.
The charge was upgraded from second-degree murder after Caddo authorities learned about a restraining order that West was granted against Brown in Bossier Parish.
He pleaded not guilty Feb. 4, 2015, to a charge of first-degree murder.
Then prosecutors filed an amended indictment March 31, 2015, on a charge of second-degree murder, the Caddo district attorney's office reports.
Brown has since chosen to skip a jury trial and let a Caddo District Court judge determine whether he is guilty.
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