Florida man stands trial for Longville teen's death - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Florida man stands trial for Longville teen's death

A Florida man will stand trial March 19 for the death of a Longville teen in March 2009 at a Sulphur strip club.

David Nelson, 28, was originally supposed to stand trial the week of Feb. 6. The trial was rescheduled since the trial of Devin Blake Badon took longer than expected.

Nelson is accused of punching 19-year-old Chad Heath outside of the Plantation strip club.

Heath struck his head on the concrete and died a few days later in a Lafayette hospital.

Authorities later arrested Nelson in Crestveiw, Fla.

On Jan. 3, defense attorneys Charles St. Dizier and Ted Hartman requested one week of continuance to further investigate the trial.

When the trial returned Jan. 9, the attorneys requested additional time due to new witnesses whose testimonies had changed during the course of their investigation.

Judge Kent Savoie said the attorneys claimed the witnesses said that night's events "happened in a different fashion than the state alleges" and their testimony could identify a different assailant.

On Thursday, Jan. 12, Hartman argued that the defense could not be ready by Feb. 6. He said he needed to send investigators to Texas and Florida to follow up on leads, and that putting the case together in under a month was impossible.

Judge Savoie did not grant the attorneys another continuance.

Charles St. Dizier said the defense would be ready on February 6th.

Nelson remains jailed on $250,000 bond.

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