It was a long and tedious three hour video statement, most of which involved denial after denial by Johnnie Hardman. But finally, in the end, Hardman admits he shot through the window of Joshua Touchet's car and suggested he did it because Touchet refused to roll down the window as Hardman tried to rob him. Hardman said Touchet was stubborn and indicated he was afraid Touchet might hurt him. "I wasn't trying to kill him," said Hardman after finally admitting he shot Touchet at the Twelve Palms RV Park, July 22, 2017.
Hardman shot Touchet in the shoulder, but according to testimony from Coroner Dr. Terry Welke, the bullet traveled through his body and caused his death by injuring his heart and liver.
During Hardman's video statement the police warned him if he didn't give up where the gun was hidden and a child found it and was killed--he'd face more charges for that.
A firearms expert with the La. State Police Crime Lab testified a bullet casing at the scene matched the gun later recovered in some bushes at a residence on Mill Street.