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JP deputy's incident report could be part of Shunick probe

Published: Jul. 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM CDT
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Brandon Lavergne, suspect in Shunick's disappearance.
Brandon Lavergne, suspect in Shunick's disappearance.

New Orleans, La. -- As a grand jury is about to consider the case against the man accused in the death of a missing Lafayette college student, a Jefferson Parish deputy's incident report could play a role in the ongoing investigation.

Brandon Lavergne remains in jail without bond.  He is booked with first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of 21-year-old Mickey Shunick. She was last seen riding her bike from a friend's house in Lafayette in the wee hours of the morning on May 19.

FOX 8 News has obtained an incident report from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department, written by a deputy who interviewed Lavergne after he showed up with stab wounds at Ochsner Hospital on Jefferson Highway, hours after Shunick went missing in Lafayette.

"The victim was known to have carried a sharp object along with some pepper spray," said Tulane criminologist Wade Schindler.

Shunick's body has not been found, so her family is holding out hope that she is still alive.

"There's still hope until that body is found we are not giving up, a little ray of hope left, I mean it doesn't look good," said her father, Tom Shunick.

According to the narrative in the JPSO incident report, when the deputy talked to Lavergne around 11:00 p.m. at the hospital, Lavergne said he did not remember anything about the location where he was stabbed, including nearby street names, building shapes, or landmarks.

He said he was in town visiting a friend. The officer wrote that the more he questioned Lavergne about his being attacked, the less Lavergne provided.

"I found it suspect, but victims of stabbings become disoriented and they really can't tell you where they've been especially if they're in an area that they don't know about," Dr. Schindler said.

According to the police report, Lavergne stated that, around 3:00 p.m. on May 19, he was driving in an unfamiliar area and his GPS was not working. He said he pulled into a gas station to get directions and was attacked by an unidentified man wearing a football jersey and black hat covering most of his face. Lavergne said the man stole his wallet. He said he then drove around until he found a hospital.

"I'm sure that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is cooperating with the Lafayette police," Schindler said.

The Jefferson Parish deputy also wrote in the incident report that he contacted a detective to apprise him of the alleged attack on Lavergne, and he also stated that Lavergne was not being fully cooperative with him.

"They're going to suspect this guy because he's got the truck, a white truck," Schindler said.

Lafayette authorities said surveillance video that captured Shunick riding her bike also videotaped a white truck on the street. Lafayette authorities have said Lavergne owned a white truck.

The case against Lavergne is to be presented to the grand jury on July 18.

"You want to present to the grand jury everything you have because they're going to have to make a decision," Schindler added.  "They may call the [Jefferson Parish] deputy into the grand jury and let him explain what happened there, all of this is part of the big picture."