Lavergne's indictment for Pate murder surprising twist - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lavergne's indictment for Pate murder surprising twist

It was a surprising twist when Brandon Lavergne was indicted not only for the murder of Mickey Shunick but also for a second murder in 1999. She was Lisa Pate, a mother of three who went missing in June1999.

Though Pate's body was found in September 1999, in the Church Point area, until yesterday, no one seemed to know authorities were looking at Lavergne for that murder.

Lavergne was indicted Wednesday for first degree murder of Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate. In September 1999, Pate's skeletal remains were found under three large boards in northwest Church Point. Dental records were used to identify the remains. Kenneth Goss was the Acadia Parish Sheriff then and told media, "We're going to continue the investigation, work with the Lafayette authorities and see if we can come up with some answers."

In 2000, Lavergne would go to prison for aggravated sexual battery and he would stay behind bars until his release in August 2008. Goss admits Laverge's name came up when they were investigating Pate's disappearance and murder. He's pleased to see an arrest in the case. "When you have that type of a homicide it can grow into a cold case but you still wonder, you still would like to solve the case whether it's two years or twenty years. You know, you just really never give up. Course you have to move on to your other things but you always hope that some evidence or something will show up that will help you solve the crime," said Goss.

While the Shunick family and friends always knew there could be other victims, the indictment of Lavergne for Pate's murder seems to make it even less likely Mickey will be found alive.  Tom Shunick is Mickey's dad. "I'm not a hundred per cent but it sure doesn't look very good, does it. I mean this guy has murdered and buried a body before, murdered a girl and buried her body before. It certainly looks like that's his m.o. Hopefully, now if he's being charged with something else, maybe he'll come clean and tell people where the body is," said Shunick after the indictments came down.

For now, Lavergne remains behind bars facing the possibility of death himself, if convicted of first degree murder. Meanwhile the families of two women who disappeared thirteen years apart still await some measure of justice.

Copyright 2012 KPLC All rights reserved

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    Texas man arrested in boating accident on Sabine that left 8-year-old dead

    Texas man arrested in boating accident on Sabine that left 8-year-old dead

    Monday, August 21 2017 7:37 PM EDT2017-08-21 23:37:39 GMT
    Eddie Dunwoody Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Eddie Dunwoody Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Texas man has been arrested in a boating accident on The Sabine River that left an 8-year-old boy dead. Wildlife and Fisheries agents say Eddie Dunwoody Jr., 35, has been booked on several charges including operating a vessel while intoxicated and reckless operation. Witnesses say Dunwoody was operating a bass boat with four people on board and three more children being towed on a tube behind the boat. They say he made a turn and the tube struck a bank. Damian Hain...

    More >>

    A Texas man has been arrested in a boating accident on The Sabine River that left an 8-year-old boy dead. Wildlife and Fisheries agents say Eddie Dunwoody Jr., 35, has been booked on several charges including operating a vessel while intoxicated and reckless operation. Witnesses say Dunwoody was operating a bass boat with four people on board and three more children being towed on a tube behind the boat. They say he made a turn and the tube struck a bank. Damian Hain...

    More >>
  • Old Spanish Trail reopening

    Old Spanish Trail reopening

    Monday, August 21 2017 7:04 PM EDT2017-08-21 23:04:04 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)
    A portion of Old Spanish Trail will reopen tonight at 7:30 after closing for a water line repair, according to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. The section of Old Spanish Trail between Water Tower and Prater Roads will reopen.  The road was closed due to emergency maintenance on a water line.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
    A portion of Old Spanish Trail will reopen tonight at 7:30 after closing for a water line repair, according to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. The section of Old Spanish Trail between Water Tower and Prater Roads will reopen.  The road was closed due to emergency maintenance on a water line.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
  • Traffic light along US 171 and You Winn Road opens

    Traffic light along US 171 and You Winn Road opens

    Monday, August 21 2017 7:04 PM EDT2017-08-21 23:04:03 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)
    The traffic light on You Winn Road is now on, according to James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police.  The light will be at the intersection of US 171 and You Winn Road in Moss Bluff. The light has been has been under construction since 2016. The light was installed for safety concerns and an increase in traffic accidents, for more information click HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    The traffic light on You Winn Road is now on, according to James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police.  The light will be at the intersection of US 171 and You Winn Road in Moss Bluff. The light has been has been under construction since 2016. The light was installed for safety concerns and an increase in traffic accidents, for more information click HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
Powered by Frankly