Bourbon Street shooter's attorney questions prosecutor's actions

Bourbon Street shooter's attorney questions prosecutor's actions

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - An Orleans Parish jury returns a guilty verdict for Bourbon Street shooter Trung Le. While the verdict is hailed as a victory by the district attorney's office, Le's defense attorney suggests he didn't get a fair trial.

It took the jury less than two hours Friday night to find Trung Le guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.

"The jurors of Orleans Parish said we are not going to tolerate individuals who come into this city from other places and attempt to sell their drugs in the French Quarter and then call in an enforcer to make sure they're able to sell their narcotics without any problems or difficulties," Orleans Parish D.A. Leon Cannizzaro said.

The June 2014 shooting on Bourbon Street wounded nine people and killed nursing student Brittany Thomas. Police say it centered around drugs.

During the week-long trial, Le's defense team didn't call a single person to testify. Attorney Martin Regan says that's because the D.A.'s office chose not to hand over a list of witnesses until days before trial.

"Four and a half days ladies and gentlemen, Wednesday at noon we got a few of the names. Despite the fact that we hired an investigator and did our best, we could not cover the U.S. in four and a half days," Regan said Friday night.

He went on to add, "We don't have a learjet jet or a helicopter to fly around the country and pick up witnesses."

FOX 8 Legal Analyst Joe Raspanti says the D.A.'s office legally, had the right to withhold the names.

"It's just the rules we live with. It seems unfair and it is unfair in a lot of ways especially in a case like this where you're in an area where people are not local and you have to go find them so it's a good point but I think the law is going to be against him for an appeal," Raspanti said.

Regan, blasting the system and D.A.'s office Friday night, says the law needs to be changed.

"It is impossible in this country to think that you could put a man on trial for potentially a life sentence without having the fundamental due right to have their names," Regan states.

"He may have to go to the state legislature to change it because that rule is different in different states," Raspanti commented.

Police, meanwhile, still search for the other gunman, involved in the deadly shooting; someone who remains unidentified, but who investigators say, fired 11 shots into the crowd.

Trung Le will be sentenced February 18th. He faces up to 40 years in prison.


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