KATC Investigates

Sep 24, 2013 7:59 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Iberia Parish Man Convicted Of Killing Two People, Faces Another Charge

A man convicted of killing two people in a Lafayette car crash in 2006 has another run-in with the law. Thirty-year-old Brad Badeaux was booked last Saturday in Beeville, Texas on a DWI charge. He was released the same day on a fifteen hundred dollar bond.

Back in 2006, Badeaux killed 47-year-old Judith Groff and her teenage daughter Jessica Lyons in a car crash. Another person in that wreck was seriously injured. Badeaux was initially charged with OWI and Reckless Driving, but in 2007 Badeaux admitted and was convicted of Negligent Homicide. His sentence was suspended to all but one year in jail, however he got out early for good behavior.

"Is that all their life is worth is one year in jail? You know for an act like that..You know they were just out on a Sunday drive, and now their lives are gone," Donna Albarado, who's Groff's sister and Lyons' Aunt, said.

In 2009, Badeaux went back to jail because a parole officer recommended his parole be revoked. Family members told us then, it's because he was caught drinking. Instead though the judge gave him 90 days of hard labor, and made him enroll in a substance abuse program.

Our investigative team has now found out that Badeaux's record has been cleaned. It's something the victims' family wasn't aware of.

"I was in complete shock, I had no clue, I didn't even think it was a possibility," Albarado said.

On file dated August of 2012 is a first offender's pardon for Badeaux. In Louisiana, first time offenders get an automatic pardon for their first felony offense. It's in connection with the negligent homicide and allows him to keep it off his record.

"To me it's like he thinks the rules don't apply to him. You know, he can just do whatever he wants, and then somebody is going to get him out of trouble. And like I said, until somebody stops him and shows him that you can't do that he's just going to keep doing it, and somebody is going to end up getting killed again," Albarado said.

According to Louisiana Law, all first time offenders are eligible for an automatic pardon if they complete their sentence, and they've never been convicted of a felony. Badeaux does have a few restrictions including not being able to run for a public office until 15 years after his original sentence was completed.

KATC spoke with Badeaux, but he directed all calls to his attorney, who KATC wasn't able to reach.  Badeaux called KATC the day after the story aired, wanting to address his initial OWI charge with the 2006 car crash.  He said the charge was later dropped because no alcohol was found in his blood when he gave specimen at the hospital after the crash.



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