Brandon Lavergne indicted in Mickey Shunick's murder - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Brandon Lavergne indicted in Mickey Shunick's murder

The man suspected in the disappearance of a missing University of Lafayette student has been indicted in her presumed murder and the murder of another woman more than a decade ago.

A grand jury indicted Brandon Scott Lavergne for the aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder of 22-year-old Shunick. Shunick was last seen riding her bike in Lafayette in the early morning hours of May 19.

Lavergne was also indicted on first degree murder charge for the death of 34 year old Lisa Pate. Her death dates back more than 13 years ago. She was last seen in Lafayette in June of 1999. According to Wednesday's indictment, Pate is believed to have been killed on or around July 3, 1999. Her remains were found in Church Point, LA, in late September of that year. 

Police say Lavergne is originally from Church Point, just north of Lafayette.

Meanwhile Shunick's body has not been found and authorities have not said why they believe she is dead. Evidence in the case includes surveillance video showing the Lavergne's white pickup truck in the same area where Shunick is seen riding her bike home. Police have also said they can place Lavergne in and around the area where Shunick's black and gold Schwinn bicycle was found partially submerged in water under the Whiskey Bay Bridge eight days after disappearance. 

Lavergne's truck was later found abandoned and burned in Texas. Police have also searched his home.

Prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty in both cases. Lavergne is scheduled to be in court next Friday, July 27.

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