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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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Chouest found guilty of second degree murder

Chouest found guilty of second degree murder

A Cut Off man, Robert Chouest, 32, was found guilty of second-degree murder after a trial by judge of the murder of 41-year-old Shawn Galjour, of Larose.

Chouest was accused of shooting Shawn Galjour on May 22, 2013. Evidence at trial included the testimony from deputies and detectives of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and testimony from the defendant himself.

The defendant stated he noticed something in his grandfather’s driveway next door. He grabbed his hunting rifle with a scope and snuck along the walkway of his mobile home to the corner of his home. He got down in a stable kneeling shooting position, looked through his scope and fired one single shot through the ear of Shawn Galjour.
Annette Fontana and Heather Hendrix, Assistant District Attorneys prosecuted the case against Chouest.

“The testimony and evidence in this case supported the verdict of second degree murder. This case was a tragedy for the family of Shawn Galjour,” said Assistant District Attorney Annette Fontana.

Second Degree Murder carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment at hard labor. Formal sentencing of the defendant is set for February 24 at 1:30 p.m.

It was the second trial for Chouest. The first, held last year, ended with the jury unable to reach a verdict.
Chouest later waived his right to a jury trial, leaving his fate resting with state District Judge John LeBlanc.