Aug 17, 2012 6:13 PM by Chris Welty

Security Beefed Up For Lavergne Hearing

With such a high-profile case the Lafayette Sheriff's Department laid out a strict security detail for Brandon Lavergne's hearing.

"We recognize the high risk and the community out pouring for justice," said Captain Kip Judice of the Lafayette Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were not taking chances Friday as Brandon Scott Lavergne appeared in court. In all 25 more deputies were added to the security detail already in place at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.

"That included the personnel that did the transport move from the correctional facility to the courthouse."

This isn't the first time security was beefed up at the Parish Courthouse before a high profile case.

"Derek Todd Lee, Ernest Randal Comeaux. When we have a higher risk move, we implement higher risk security plans," said Judice.

Typically inmates are walked across the street to the courthouse but because of the attention in this case, Lavergne was transported by car but only after the roads were completely blocked off.

"You want as few moving parts as possible when you have that type of transport. Our job is not only to get him to court, but to get him to court safely."

As he left the courthouse Lavergne didn't answer any of our questions.

The fourth floor of the Parish Courthouse was also under strict orders. Judge Herman Clause put a restrictive protective order in effect. No one was allowed in or out of the courtroom once the hearing got underway.

Chris Welty


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