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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Trial date set for man accused of triple homicide

Trial date set for man accused of triple homicide

David Brown

David Brown, the man police say is responsible for stabbing a mother and her two young daughters to death in November 2012 will stand trial in September.

Brown, 35, of Houma and Texas, is to go on trial Sept. 29 in Thibodaux on three counts of first-degree murder.

The date was set at a status hearing in front of Judge Jerome Barbera III, who will preside over the trial. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Brown is accused of killing Jacquelin Nieves, 29, and her daughters Gabriela, 7, and Izabela, 20 months, on the second floor of their Lockport apartment Nov. 4, 2012, as the husband and father, Carlos Nieves Jr., slept on the floor below.

Detectives believe Brown entered the Nieveses’ bedroom and sexually assaulted Gabriela and her mother before stabbing all three several times.

The bodies were found during a fire at the Nieveses’ apartment. Lafourche Parish deputies said the fire was set to cover up the murders.

Brown, who denies his involvement in the crimes, has pleaded innocent.