It shocked many in the community last year when Judge Ron Ware reduced a jury verdict from second degree murder to manslaughter in the case of Bryce Perkins.
The jury found Perkins guilty of the second degree murder of Marine Daniel Gueringer, killed Fourth of July weekend 2009.
But at sentencing Judge Ware agreed with the defense, that the evidence was not sufficient and replaced the jury verdict with manslaughter. He sentenced Perkins to thirty years.
At the time, Calcasieu D.A. John DeRosier said they would appeal to the Third Circuit. Tomorrow the state and defense will argue before a three judge panel: Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, Judge Billy Ezell and Judge Sylvia Cooks.
KPLC has been granted permission to have a camera in the courtroom and will have full coverage on our newscasts tomorrow.
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