A shooting after a Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade left one dead and one hurt. It was all over “mean mugging.”
Now, the killer faces decades in prison.
Last month, a jury in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, found Larry West guilty of murder and attempted murder, according to the 18th Judicial Cricut District Attorney’s Office. West will be sentenced at a later date and faces life in prison.
On Feb. 10, 2018, West was in a Dodge Ram truck driven by Danny Smith when they passed a group of men on Mayer Street, prosecutors said.
They came back a short time late, stopped the truck by the group and West got out, prosecutors said. West had a gun and spoke to Christopher Carter.
Carter turned around and West shot him in the back of the head.
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi aid at the time of the arrest that the suspects said the shooting was over “mean mugging,” according to WBRZ. That is when someone gives another person a dirty look.
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"Life has to be more valuable," Stassi said, according to WBRZ.
Torray Collins was also shot in the leg in the incident, prosecutors said. West got back and the truck after the shooting and fled the area.
Collins survived the shooting and testified in the trial.
Smith was charged as a principal to second-degree murder and other counts. His case remains pending.
Prosecutors said West was not allowed to have a gun because of a 2015 conviction for possession of cocaine.
“There was great interest in this case by residents of Maringouin, especially the family and friends of Mr. Carter,” said Assistant District Attorney Chad Aguillard. “We are very happy that the jury got it right, and his family and friends can at least now have closure.”
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