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State v. Alexander

Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Second Circuit

April 11, 2018


          Appealed from the First Judicial District Court for the Parish of Caddo, Louisiana Trial Court No. 342,402 Honorable Katherine Clark Dorroh, Judge

          LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT By: Carey J. Ellis, III Counsel for Appellant

          JAMES EDWARD STEWART, SR. District Attorney Counsel for Appellee


          Before BROWN, COX, and STEPHENS, JJ.

          COX, J.

         This criminal appeal arises from the First Judicial District Court, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Following a jury trial, the defendant, Labroderick Alexander ("Alexander"), was found guilty as charged of second degree murder. Alexander was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor, without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. He now appeals his conviction and sentence, asserting that the State failed to present sufficient evidence to support the verdict. For the following reasons, we affirm.


         On July 17, 2016, Kevin White ("White") was shot. White died from his injury the following day. A grand jury indicted Alexander for the second degree murder of White on September 23, 2016. The jury trial began on May 1, 2017.

         Arthur Sloan was the first to testify at trial. Sloan lived across the street from White's mother and testified that in the early hours of July 17, 2016, he was watching television when he heard two men arguing outside. He told investigators that he recognized one of the voices as belonging to White, whom he had known since White was born. Sloan stated that the other voice belonged to a man named Labroderick Alexander, whom he had known for about 10 years and knew to be White's cousin. Sloan identified Alexander in court. He asserted that he heard Alexander saying, "I'm about that, I'm about that," followed by a single gunshot. He then heard Alexander say, "See, I told you, I'm about that." Sloan called 911 and reported the shot fired.

          Yolanda Williams, a police communications supervisor, testified that she received Arthur Sloan's 911 call on July 17, 2016, at 2:25 a.m. Next, Agent Carlos Glass-Bradley, who was working as a patrol officer at the time of the crime, testified that he responded to Sloan's call. Agent Bradley stated that Sloan relayed he had heard White arguing with another male, but was unable to identify the second voice.

         Captain Victor Scott Phillips of the LSU Police Department testified that two separate cameras recorded White exiting a vehicle upon arrival at University Health Hospital, but the license plate was not captured by the video. The video showed White's path from the curb to the front doors and then over to the revolving doors, which Captain Phillips stated were always locked after 9:00 p.m. White continued around to the emergency room entrance where he was found by Officer Cerami.

         Shreveport Police Officer Robert Cerami testified that in the early morning hours of July 17, 2016, he was on call at University Health Hospital when he was alerted to a man attempting to enter the emergency room. The man was bleeding profusely from his face and his tongue was hanging out; it appeared he had been shot in the face. While assisting the man to the trauma center, Officer Cerami asked the man who shot him. According to Officer Cerami, the man stated that he did not know the shooter and that it was a drive-by shooting. Officer Cerami declared that he did not believe the man because the wound appeared to be a gunshot fired at close range. Officer Cerami notified dispatch that a man with a gunshot wound to the face had appeared at the emergency room. While the man was being treated, Officer Cerami stayed with White's family, who showed him a picture of White on Facebook. Officer Cerami was able to confirm that the picture matched the injured man he had helped.

         Officer William Moak of the Shreveport Police Department patrolled in the Greenbrook Loop area. He testified that he heard both the 911 call about a shot fired at Greenbrook Loop and Officer Cerami's dispatch about the gunshot victim at the hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, Officer Moak noticed blood spatter leading up to the front door, as well as blood smeared on the glass. Officer Moak spoke with White's mother, who advised him that her son had been shot and gave him their address. Officer Moak then notified officers to the crime scene.

         Yolanda Hamilton, White's sister, testified that sometime around 2:15 a.m. on July 17, 2016, she received an anonymous phone call from a female warning her that "B[1] shot Kevin" in the face. She asserted that White was frequently with their cousin, Labroderick Alexander, whom she had seen at about 9:00 p.m. the night before the shooting. She asserted that Alexander appeared to be angry and upset.

         Marilyn White, White's mother, testified that her son had lived with her prior to his death. She had last seen White the night before the shooting, when he returned home from work to check on her. She stated that White appeared to be in a good mood and was happy to be celebrating his birthday.

         Corporal Jennifer White of the Shreveport Police Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit testified that at 3:00 a.m. on July 17, 2016, she was directed to process a crime scene in the 100 block of North Greenbrook Loop. She stated that she found blood spatter, a spent cartridge casing, and a portion of a gold removable cosmetic tooth in the street. A styrofoam cup and a water bottle were also found at the scene, but did not provide any viable latent prints. On July 19, 2016, Corporal White was called to process a white SUV and ...

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