Oct 4, 2012 8:58 AM by AP/CS

Appeals court upholds slaying verdict

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An appellate court has upheld the manslaughter conviction of a man serving a one-year home detention sentence for the December 2009 shooting death of David Trahan.

The Advocate reports the Third Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed Jerry Steinle's conviction Wednesday.

Judge Edward Rubin found Steinle guilty in August 2011 after a bench trial in Lafayette Parish.

During the trial, Steinle testified he shot Trahan three times in self-defense after Trahan struck him across the face during a confrontation under Steinle's carport. The encounter occurred after Trahan wrote "Jerry has sex with little boys" across Steinle's door.

The court found the state did meet its burden of proof that the Steinle did not shoot the victim in self-defense.

A defense attorney says he will appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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