Former fellow inmate speaks out about suspect in Shunick case

Published: Aug. 9, 2012 at 3:01 AM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With a body in question believed to be that of missing ULL student Mickey Shunick investigators may be closer to closing the case. While some may be shocked that the finger is pointed at Brandon Scott Lavergne - one of his former fellow inmates is not surprised.

"When I saw his mug shot come on TV I was actually not shocked. I immediately told my wife - I know this guy... We slept several beds apart. I knew what he was there for and he was not incapable of doing this crime when he became a suspect," said former inmate who we will call "John."

John said he met Lavergne while both were serving time at Phelps Correctional Center in DeQuincy. Lavergne was serving a 10 year sentence for aggravated oral sexual battery.

"I wouldn't say we were friends, but he would talk to me. I would talk to him," said John.

According to John while at Phelps Lavergne received a visit from investigators and was questioned in at least three unsolved murders.

"I'm not certain what agency it was but it was somebody very serious. It was a police agency and they came and questioned him for several hours about the murder of two or three women in the same Lafayette area. He came back several hours later and spoke to me and he was scared to death. And we talked. He was telling me all the questions they asked and his answers," said John.

Inmate to inmate John asked the inevitable question: "I said Brandon did you do this - a heads up question. Basically did you do this? And instead of saying yes or no he said I'm not going to tell you that or I can't tell you that. And I immediately knew there's no doubt in my mind... I'm thinking to myself if you didn't do it say no."

John recalled within 24 hours Lavergne was transferred to Avoyelles Correctional Center. According to records that was on September 22, 2005. About a week later Lavergne sent word through a letter.

"He says I'm over here at Cottonport and I'm doing great. I'm pumping iron... I'm doing this, I'm doing that. He said by the way all that bull s*&t about the raping and murdering the three women... I didn't do it. Well, I never heard from him again," said John.

Lavergne would end up spending nearly three more years at Avoyelles Correctional Center before being released on parole two years early. At this point he's only a known suspect in two murders.

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