Man guilty of 2nd-degree murder in brutal death of Des Allemands woman

Man guilty of 2nd-degree murder in brutal death of Des Allemands woman
Troy Varnado

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A jury has returned a guilty verdict in the case against a man accused of murder in the beating and shooting death of a 31-year-old Des Allemands woman in June of 2015.

Troy Varnado was found guilty as charged of second-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and obstruction of justice in the killing of Lindsay Nichols. Varnado and Thayon Sansom were accused of beating Nichols, shooting her several times, stuffing her in the trunk of her car and setting it on fire.

Sansom took the stand Wednesday against his accomplice, however, he refused to answer any questions.

Sansom had already pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal and received a 40-year sentence.

After he refused to answer questions in court Wednesday, the state told the court that it intended to request that Sansom be held in contempt for every question he did not answer.

Sansom told the judge that his attorney said he would not have to testify if he took the plea deal.

At one point, the prosecutor asked Sansom to look at the victim’s family in the eyes. “I refuse,” he said.

The defense did not attempt to cross examine him.

Varnado faces life in prison. His sentencing is set for Oct. 30.

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