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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Cut Off man’s murder case continues

Cut Off man’s murder case continues

A judge Saturday declared a mistrial midway through testimony in a second-degree murder case of a Cut Off man, saying prosecutors exercised poor judgment in their interactions with witnesses.

But the trial of Robert Chouest, 31, of Cut Off, who is charged in the May 22, 2013, shooting death of Shawn Galjour, 41, of Larose, will go on (as of press time Tuesday).

According to the Daily Comet, an appellate court has overturned state District Judge John LeBlanc’s ruling decision to declare a mistrial on the grounds that the District Attorney’s Office did not violate a sequestration order.

Chouest and his attorney, George Ledet, Jr., of Cut Off, returned to Judge LeBlanc’s courtroom Tuesday for an evidentiary hearing.

Chouest is charged with shooting Galjour in the head as the victim lay in a driveway next to Chouest’s home on ABC Lane in Cut Off.

LeBlanc ruled on Saturday — midway through Chouest’s trial — that interactions between prosecutors and witnesses were improper. But District Attorney Cam Morvant II filed a writ with the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, which agreed with him on Monday.

Ledet said he has filed a writ with the state Supreme Court to its opinion on the mistrial ruling.