The Latest: Louisiana governor to attend trooper's funeral

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 7:12 PM
The Latest: Louisiana governor to attend trooper's funeral

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The latest in the case of a man accused of killing a Louisiana State Police trooper (all times local):

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6 p.m.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to attend the funeral of a Louisiana state trooper shot and killed in the line of duty last weekend.

Jindal spokesman Mike Reed confirms that the Republican governor, a presidential candidate, will be in Lake Charles on Saturday at the Catholic funeral Mass to be held for Senior Trooper Steven Vincent.

Vincent was shot on Sunday after authorities say he had stopped to help a man whose truck was stuck in a ditch. He died Monday. Officials have arrested Kevin Daigle and booked him with first-degree murder in the shooting death.

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2:25 p.m.

A sister-in-law of the man accused of fatally shooting a Louisiana state trooper in southwest Louisiana described him as "a good person until he started drinking."

Diane Daigle said Tuesday that her brother-in-law Kevin Daigle needed help for problems but received very little. She described him as in and out of jail for the past decade, in chronic pain from past ankle and hip injuries, and "troubled."

Kevin Daigle is accused of shooting Senior Trooper Steven Vincent on Sunday. Authorities say Vincent stopped to help Daigle, whose truck was stuck in a ditch. Vincent died Monday.

Kevin Daigle has a lengthy criminal record, including four felony convictions. His sister-in-law says even though Kevin Daigle threatened her and her family, "It's hard for us to believe that he did this."

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2:25 p.m.

The man accused of fatally shooting a Louisiana state trooper had his first hearing, held in the jail where he's been detained.

The Calcasieu (KAL-kuh-shoo) Parish Sheriff's Office said a judge met Tuesday with Kevin Daigle at the local correctional center where he is being held, part of a routine hearing to determine whether an inmate has a lawyer.

The sheriff's office says Daigle requested an attorney, and he was assigned a public defender. Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Myers says the Baton Rouge Capital Conflict Office will handle Daigle's defense.

Daigle is accused of shooting Senior Trooper Steven Vincent on Sunday. Authorities say Vincent stopped to help Daigle, whose truck was stuck in a ditch. Vincent died Monday.

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11:40 a.m.

Officials in Louisiana have announced funeral plans for the state trooper they say was fatally shot while trying to help an apparently stranded driver.

Louisiana State Police said Tuesday that Senior Trooper Steven Vincent's funeral will be at noon Saturday at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Lake Charles.

Vincent was fatally shot Sunday he tried to help the driver. That man, Kevin Daigle, has been charged with murder, and authorities also suspect that he was involved in the death of his roommate in nearby Moss Bluff.

State police say visitation for Vincent will be held Friday afternoon at Johnson's Funeral Home in Lake Charles, He will be buried at the Lacassine (LAK-uh-seen) Cemetery in Lacassine.

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11 a.m.

Authorities have identified the man they say lived with the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Louisiana state trooper and owned the truck he drove when the officer tried to help him.

Calcasieu (KAL-kuh-shoo) Parish officials said Tuesday that the man is 54-year-old Blake L. Brewer. The man was found dead in his Moss Bluff home after the trooper's shooting.

Officials say suspect Kevin Daigle lived with Brewer, and authorities suspect Daigle was involved in his roommate's death.

The sheriff's office said that when he was interviewed by the state police, "Daigle led investigators to believe an altercation occurred between him and Brewer which led to Brewer's death."

Daigle, 53, is accused of shooting Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, on Sunday evening. Officials say Vincent found the truck in a ditch and stopped to offer assistance to Daigle. Vincent died Monday.

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3 a.m.

It was a frightening and dangerous scene: A state trooper lay bloodied on the ground as a man rifled through his pockets and tried to unholster his handgun.

Bystanders warned Robert LeDoux to not get too close. LeDoux ignored them and charged in anyway, tackling the man and helping to handcuff and hold on to him until police arrived.

Authorities are calling LeDoux a hero for apprehending the suspect, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Senior Trooper Steven Vincent. Vincent was shot Sunday after he stopped to help the suspect, whose truck had fallen into a ditch. He died Monday.

LeDoux relayed his story to The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Monday. But he shied away from calling himself a hero.