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Galliano man convicted of manslaughter

Galliano man convicted of manslaughter

A Galliano man was convicted Wednesday, August 5th, of the manslaughter of a fifteen-year-old teenager following a two-day bench trial.

Neely Gardner was convicted for the killing of Braxton Bourda by the Hon. Walter I. Lanier, III. Gardner waived his right to a trial by jury, electing instead to have his case heard by the judge only.

“This was truly a senseless killing,” said District Attorney Camille A. Morvant, II. “While the loss of this young man’s life can never be undone, the conviction does bring his killer to justice.”

Gardner was charged with the killing of Bourda on June 5, 2014.

Investigators with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call on that date and discovered the body of fifteen-year-old Braxton Bourda lying beside East 23rd Street in Larose. He had been shot once in the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Investigators located a spent 9mm casing on the same porch where the victim and a number of other males had been gathered shortly before the shooting. Further questioning revealed that Bourda had been shot by Gardner, who claimed that the shooting was accidental.

Witnesses testified, however, that Gardner had been known to carry a handgun, and had often pointed the gun at friends. Investigators further learned that at the time of the offense, Gardner was in possession of marijuana, a controlled dangerous substance.