Darce Street murder trial begins Monday
Jamichael Lashawn Hudson goes on trial Monday in connection with the February 2010 double murders in Franklin.
Hudson is now 18 but was just days away from his 16th birthday when 75-year-old Audrey Picard and Larry Guillory, 49, were found bludgeoned to death at their Darce Lane residence.
He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after being indicted by a grand jury and ordered by James R. McClelland to stand trial as an adult.
Hudson’s co-defendant, Randy Anthony Joseph, 20, was sentenced to life without possibility of parole after pleading guilty in January.
Court records indicate that Joseph avoided the death penalty after being found by a medical review panel to have a low IQ making him borderline mentally disabled.
According to earlier news reports, police were contacted by a concerned citizen who did not get an answer at the Picard residence while attempting to deliver meals.
An officer found the residence unsecured and “when she pushed the door open she observed a black male bleeding from the face and called headquarters for detectives,” Franklin Police stated in affidavits on the case.
There were signs of forced entry, and the officer “located two subjects in the living room deceased.”
Joseph and Hudson were developed as suspects and charged on March 2, 2010.
Assistant District Attorney Vincent Borne will try the case for the state while Edward Moses Jr. of the Moses Law Firm of Baton Rouge will represent the defendant.
Jury selection for the trial begins at 9 a.m.