Prior arrest, prison records show Lavergne's violent nature
EVANGELINE PARISH – As has previously been reported, Brandon Scott Lavergne, the man in custody for the aggravated kidnapping and murder of Michaela ‘Mickey’ Shunick, was a registered sex offender at the time of his arrest.
The Post-Signal has attained public records of his prior arrest and conviction for his 1999 arrest for forced oral copulation. The victim’s name is being withheld as a measure of respect to her and her family.
Former Ft. Polk soldier arrested in connection with missing college student
Her friends wept openly at a police news conference on Friday, comforted by search party members and community supporters who'd been working to locate the 21-year-old Shunick for almost two months.
Mickey Shunick's father talks about Lavergne's arrest
An obviously shaken Tom Shunick is trying to process the chain of events that led to the arrest of Brandon Lavergne; the man police say is responsible for his daughter's disappearance. "I knew they had a suspect they thought was involved in this thing a week before the arrest was made," said Tom Shunick, Mickey Shunick's father.
Each day we find out more about the man police believe is responsible for Mickey Shunick's disappearance. Wednesday, TV0 learned that at the time of his arrest, a woman known as Lavergne's girlfriend, was brought into police headquarters for questioning, and later released.
While we've learned about his incarceration for a sex crime, and his history of domestic abuse, we've now learned during the Shunick search, Lavergne was in Crowley attending church.
For residents of St. Martin Parish, one of the most intriguing elements of the state’s case against Brandon Scott Lavergne in the Mickey Shunick disappearance is a terse phrase in a Lafayette Police Department release: “Investigators are also able to place Brandon Lavergne in and around the location of where the bicycle was located.”
Which raises the question how.
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Lavergne to go before grand jury
A grand jury will be asked on July 18 to decide if there's probable cause to indict Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, of Swords on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of UL student Mickey Shunick of Lafayette.
"A prompt presentation to the grand jury was expected," considering the magnitude of the case and the tremendous amount of publicity it has received, Crowley attorney Clay Lejeune, one of Lavergne's defense attorneys, told The Daily Advertiser on Tuesday.
"The district attorney can invite the accused to come in and participate in the discussions," he said. "The district attorney has not offered an invitation at this time for Mr. Lavergne to testify before the grand jury."
Grand jury findings usually are announced the same day as the hearing.
"I would expect something on the afternoon of the 18th," Lejeune said.
New Developments in Shunick Case
July 13, 2012
"KATC–TV reported Thursday that the incident report states Lavergne showed up at Oschner Hospital just after 11 p.m. on May 19. Lavergne, who had been stabbed in the chest, back, neck and hand, said he was attacked outside a gas station at 3 p.m. that day, the TV station reported.
Lavergne also claimed his wallet was stolen, KATC reported."
Lavergne Questioned in Jefferson Parish, May 19th|
Posted: Jul 12, 2012 5:13 PM by Letitia Walker
Updated: Jul 12, 2012 5:34 PM
"Deputies say they arrived at Oschner Hospital on Jefferson Highway just after 11:00 pm on May 19, 2012 after a man showed up there after being stabbed. The victim, identified as Brandon Lavergne, told police he was attacked outside of a gas station."
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Deputies: Lavergne treated at hospital hours after Shunick's disappearance
Posted: Jul 13, 2012 12:32 PM CDT Updated: Jul 13, 2012 7:05 PM CDT
LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) -
Documents show the man arrested in connection with a missing college student went to a hospital hours after the 22-year-old woman was last seen.
According to a police report out of Jefferson Parish, Brandon Lavergne was treated for stab wounds at a hospital around 10 p.m. on the same day.
JP deputy's incident report could be part of Shunick probe
Updated: Jul 13, 2012 6:29 PM CDT
FOX 8 News has obtained an incident report from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department, written by a deputy who interviewed Lavergne after he showed up with stab wounds at Ochsner Hospital on Jefferson Highway, hours after Shunick went missing in Lafayette.
"The victim was known to have carried a sharp object along with some pepper spray," said Tulane criminologist Wade Schindler.
Lavergne's Whereabouts After Mickey's Disappearance Becomes Clearer
Posted: Jul 12, 2012 10:40 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Jul 12, 2012 10:44 PM
Until now, there was a gaping hole in what is known about Lavergne's whereabouts after Mickey disappeared. Surveillance video captured her on St. Landry Street at 1:48 a.m. On May 19th. Moments after, the white pick up truck police believe is Lavergne's can be seen following Mickey.
After that, it appears he headed east on I-10 to New Orleans. On May 19th, Lavergne checked into Oschner Hospital on Jefferson Highway around 11:00 pm, claiming he had been attacked and stabbed several times by a stranger at an unknown gas station.
Police will continue to search more land in connection with Lavergne
Posted: Jul 12, 2012 5:26 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Jul 12, 2012 6:24 PM
Police clear three areas of what they're calling "suspicious mounds of dirt" in the search for Mickey Shunick. A Lawtell land owner reported the mounds, near Saint Ann Catholic Church in Lawtell, only a few miles from suspect Brandon Lavergne's home. Although the search turned up nothing, police say they will not stop looking. Wednesday night police received a tip from a farmer in Lawtell saying he found suspicious mounds of dirt near his property.
Lavergne suspect already in death of a young woman
Finding Mickey Shunick, two months later
11:49 PM, Jul 14, 2012
Charlie Shunick has found herself exhausted since Lavergne's arrest, especially since it has not yet led police to her sister.
"Brandon Lavergne is a person who may be responsible for my sister's disappearance," Charlie Shunick said Friday in an email to The Daily Advertiser. "But he hasn't led us to finding her, so he's just another piece of the puzzle that still hasn't produced the only result we care about — bringing Mickey home."
"There is a reason police are saying she is deceased though, and we certainly keep that in mind," Charlie Shunick said. "But until I am standing over her casket at the funeral, I am going to believe that she is out there somewhere waiting for us to find her."
When asked whether Rowe had a shred of hope left that her daughter could be alive, she responded "maybe just one."
Craft: We don't know where she is, and he does
Craft said police are still not sure whether Shunick was ever in Lavergne's mobile home, but crime scene investigators processed the scene "like she was." There was no body or human remains, nor a GPS, in the burned-out truck, but Craft said there very likely was evidence related to the case.
Craft understands the public's frustration with the department releasing so few details about the case, and admits that police have information and evidence that fills in a lot of blanks and answers a lot of lingering questions. But he is just as adamant that most of those details will not be released until the court proceedings get under way.
Troubles follow suspect
2:49 AM, Jul 15, 2012
A 13-hour gap exists between the time Brandon Scott Lavergne's pickup truck was recorded on the same surveillance video as Mickey Shunick and when he turned up in a New Orleans hospital with stab wounds.
But Police Chief Jim Craft said Thursday that authorities have information to fill that gap. They also possess enough evidence to link Lavergne to Shunick's May 19 disappearance and her suspected murder, he said.
Timeline in Mickey Shunick's disappearance:
May 18, 2012, 10:15 p.m.: MS and friends attended a concert at Artmosphere.
May 19, 2012, 12:44 a.m.: MS rides bike back to Ryan Street residence with BW.
May 19, 2012, 1:24 a.m.: MS seen in surveillance video at Taco Bell.
May 19, 2012, 1:31 a.m.: MS receives a call from her friend; it was the last time her phone was used.
May 19, 2012, 1:45 a.m.: MS begins to ride her bike home from BW's Ryan Street residence.
May 19, 2012, 1:47 a.m.: MS is caught on camera, riding her bike, on Versailles Boulevard.
May 19, 2012, 1:48 a.m.: MS is caught on camera, riding her bike, on St. Landry Street.
May 19, 2012, 1:48 a.m.: BSL’s truck caught on camera after Mickey passed the same camera.
May 19, 2012, 3:00 p.m.: BSL says he was attacked at a gas station in the New Orleans area, repeatedly stabbed by an unknown man.
May 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.: MS's family reports her missing to police.
May 19, 2012, 9:27 p.m.: KATC first reports on their website that LPD is looking for MS.
May 19, 2012, 10:14 p.m.: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is called to Oschner Hospital (1516 Jefferson Highway) in reference to BSL receiving medical treatment for several stab wounds to the chest, neck, back and hand.
May 19, 2012, 10:16 p.m.: Call to JPSO is dispatched to the responding officer, JP146. Security personnel tell him NOPD has just finished up with BSL. (According to BSL, NOPD interviewed him for two hours. That would put NOPD there at approximately 8:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. BSL would have arrived at Oschner no later than about 8:00 p.m.)
May 19, 2012, 10:51 p.m.: JP146 advises JP184 that BSL is uncooperative.
May 20, 2012: The first search party is organized from BW’s house on Ryan Street.
May 20, 2012: Reward of $10,000 is offered.
May 21, 2012: Reward money is doubled to $20,000.
May 21, 2012, 4:20 p.m.: LPD issues its first press release about MS, releasing a picture and description of her and her bike.
May 21, 2012, 6:15 p.m.: LPD issues a press release about the dedicated tips line for citizens to call with information.
May 22, 2012, 7:30 p.m.: Candlelight vigil is held at Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette.
May 23, 2012: Reward increased to $25,000
May 24, 2012: Search headquarters moves from Ryan Street to Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Student Center.
May 24, 2012: Texas EquuSearch comes to town.
May 24, 2012, 4:00 p.m.: LPD issues a press release asking business owners and residents with video surveillance equipment to review footage from May 19th, between the hours of 1:30 and 3:30 am.
May 25, 2012: The video surveillance photos of MS on Versailles and the White Truck on St. Landry traveling in the opposite direction MS traveled are released to the public.
May 26, 2012: MS's bike is located by fishermen under the Whiskey Bay Bridge.
May 26, 2012: The video surveillance photos of the White Truck with the bed cover on University, the White Truck on St. Landry traveling in the same direction as MS, and the two pictures of the Hooptie on University and St. Landry are released to the public.
May 26, 2012: BSL reports his truck as stolen in Montgomery County, TX, according to a Montgomery Police Reporter website. (See also, May 31.)
May 26, 2012: LPD cancels its scheduled press conference stating there are no new updates
May 26, 2012, 12:42 p.m.: BSL’s girlfriend’s family member posts online about her dating a creepy RSO, linking to BSL’s RSO page.
May 27, 2012: MS's bike is recovered by LE under the Whiskey Bay Bridge.
May 27, 2012, 5:00 p.m.: Benefit concert held in Downtown Lafayette
May 28, 2012: Police continue to search Whiskey Bay Bridge area.
May 28, 2012: BSL verified by St. Landry Police as a RSO.
May 30, 2012: Volunteer searches are suspended for the day.
May 30, 2012: Shunick family officially hires Private Investigator, John Abdella.
May 30, 2012, 11:00 a.m.: LPD issues a press release stating they have both identified and ruled out the operators and occupants of both the “hooptie” and the white pickup truck with a bed cover.
May 30, 2012, around 9:00 p.m.: Investigators return to the Whiskey Bay area to re-examine it with sonar. Nothing of value is located.
May 31, 2012: Volunteer searches resume.
May 31, 2012: BSL reports his truck as stolen in Montgomery County, TX. (See also, May 26.)
May 31, 2012: BSL’s truck is found burned in San Jacinto County, TX.
May 31, 2012: BSL files motion to be removed from the sex offender registry. Hearing is scheduled for August 9th.
May 31, 2012, 9:51 a.m.: BSL rents a red Chevrolet Aveo in Spring, TX, through an insurance claim on said stolen truck.
June 1, 2012, 11:55 a.m.: LPD issues press release stating that beginning at 7:00 p.m., an answering machine will record all tips as it is no longer feasible to answer the tips line 24 hours a day.
June 2, 2012: Texas EquuSearch heads out of Lafayette.
June 3, 2012.: BSL attends church in Crowley, LA.
June 4, 2012: BSL purchases a white, Z-71 pickup truck from Don’s Wholesale in Lafayette.
June 4, 2012, 4:57 p.m.: BSL returns rental car in Lafayette.
June 6, 2012: Special K-9s Recovery Specialists are in town searching.
June 7, 2012: P.I. John Abdella releases statement about receiving credible information about two people who could be involved in MS’s dissapearance.
June 10, 2012: MS Headquarters moved to South College Shopping Center. Volunteer foot searches halted “until new leads are developed”.
June 14, 2012: LPD get a tip from a concerned citizen that BSL's truck was found burned in Texas.
June 20, 2012: Divers return to Whiskey Bay to search again.
June 20, 2012: BSL gets haircut in Crowley, LA. Tells hairdresser he is supposedly going offshore the next day for 2 weeks.
July 4, 2012: BSL returns from an “about the last two weeks” offshore hitch.
July 5, 2012: BSL arrested on aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder.
July 6, 2012: Investigative searches end at BSL’s residence.
July 6, 2012: BSL assigned two public defenders, Clay Lejeune and Burleigh Doga.
July 14, 2012: Texas Equusearch back in Lafayette to search for Mickey without volunteer searchers.
July 18, 2012: BSL scheduled to appear before a Grand Jury in Lafayette Parish.
Mickey's whereabouts = purple
BSL = red
News = green
Hearing set for July 27 for suspect in Shunick case
By jason brown
July 17, 2012
LAFAYETTE — Brandon Scott Lavergne will appear before a 15th Judicial District judge July 27 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary examination and bond reduction in connection with his arrest in the May 19 disappearance of Michaela “Mickey” Shunick of Lafayette.
Judge Herman C. Clause signed the order Tuesday afternoon.
Eight weeks later, still questions in Mickey Shunick case-
Lavergne charged with murders of Mickey Shunick, second woman-
07/16/2012 06:16 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Equusearch is again searching for Mickey Shunick. Lafayette Police asked the search and recovery team Equusearch to come back two days after Brandon Lavergne's kidnapping and murder arrest. Equusearch was here for about a week soon after Mickey's disappearance in May. They left after exhausting all leads.
About a dozen Equusearch team members were searching today in St. Martin Parish, but still no sign of Mickey.
more at link.
Facts about Brandon Scott Lavergne:
Born in 1979 and grew up in Church Point, LA
04/12/99 -- Twenty year old BSL broke into a home in Redell, LA, in Evangeline Parish, and brutally assaulted a young woman who was alone inside. He was later convicted of aggravated oral sexual battery and served an eight year sentence.
06/99 -- Lisa Pate is reported missing. On or about July 3, 1999, she was allegedly murdered by Brandon Scott Lavergne.
09/17/99 -- BSL married a woman in Natchitoches, LA. In 2000, while still stationed at Fort Polk in Leesville, LA, he faced charges of domestic abuse but was never convicted. His wife was granted a divorce in October, 2000.
09/21/99 - Lisa Pate's body discovered under wooden boards behind a rented house off of Hwy 358 between Eunice and Church Point, LA.
12/24/1999 -- Lavergne's wife entered the ER at Fort Polk Hospital with head injuries. According to his wife, BSL beat her in the head with his fists and attempted to smother her.
02/2000 -- Lavergne physically assaulted his estranged wife at her place of employment. On 02/09/00, BSL's wife files for divorce. BSL is served at the Fort Polk Detention Center where he was held for leaving the Army without permission.
02/25/00-07/05/00 -- Pine Prairie Detention Center.
07/06/00-07/30/00 -- Reception and Diagnostic Center at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center
07/31/00-01/14/02 -- Winn Correctional Center
01/15/02-09/22/05 -- C Paul Phelps Correctional Center, DeQuincy, LA, Calcasieu Parish
09/23/05-08/09/08 -- Avoyelles Correctional Center
Served 85% of his sentence, and released on Good Time Parole Supervision.
Registered as a Tier III Sex Offender. Released from parole 02/10/10.
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04/08 -- A grand jury in Acadia Parish hears evidence in the murder of Lisa Pate. BSL is not indicted.
07/10 -- Purchased property off Hwy 190 in St. Landry Parish in the Bayou Ridge Subdivision, corner of Elaine Ln and Leslie Rd.
05/19/12 -- Mickey Shunick goes missing in Lafayette, LA while riding her bike home in the early morning hours. LE alleges BSL kidnapped her between St. Landry Street and Blackham Coliseum.
07/05/12 -- BSL is arrested at his home in the Lawtell area near Church Point, LA.
07/18/12 -- He was indicted for the murders of Lisa Pate and Mickey Shunick.
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Muddy water in the street; Muddy water 'round my feet... as sung by the inimitable Bessie Smith, "Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)"
Former Miss Church Point Claire Higginbotham says she's been living in fear of Brandon Lavergne for the last 13 years. She refused to get a restraining because she was scared of retaliation.
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