Appealed from the Twenty-Sixth Judicial District Court for
the Parish of Bossier, Louisiana Trial Court No. 219, 630
Honorable John M. Robinson (Ad Hoc), Judge
LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT By: Carey J. Ellis, III Counsel
JEFFERY SANCHEZ SMITH Pro Se
SCHUYLER MARVIN District Attorney Counsel for Appellee
M. LAWRENCE RICHARD R. RAY DALE N. MONTGOMERY, II Assistant
PITMAN, STONE, and BLEICH (Ad Hoc), JJ.
BLEICH, J. (Ad Hoc)
criminal appeal arises from the 26th Judicial
District Court, Parish of Bossier, the Honorable John M.
Robinson presiding. Defendant, Jeffery Sanchez Smith, was
convicted of manslaughter, in violation of La. R.S. 14:31.
Defendant was sentenced to 38 years' imprisonment at hard
labor. For the following reasons, Defendant's conviction
and sentence are affirmed.
Jeffery Sanchez Smith, was charged by bill of indictment with
the second degree murder of Jeremy Davis, in violation of La.
R.S. 14:30.1. A jury trial commenced on April 30, 2018.
Teresa Cooper, Defendant's girlfriend, testified that on
June 24, 2016, she was living at 1029 Shirley Lane with
Defendant and her three sons, Kaderrick Cooper, Jeremy Davis,
and Jacoby Smith (her son with Defendant).
Cooper testified that he was present at the Cooper house
after 10:00 p.m. on the night of June 24, 2016. Kaderrick
stated that he was in his room at the back of the house when
Teresa and Defendant came home. He could hear his mother
Teresa and brother Jeremy begin arguing. Kaderrick testified
that he heard Defendant yell something and then heard a sound
"almost like a firecracker." Jeremy ran into
Kaderrick's room and hid behind Kaderrick's back.
Kaderrick testified that Defendant followed Jeremy into the
bedroom and pointed a gun at him. Kaderrick, a former Marine,
identified the gun as a chrome-colored .38 pistol.
testified that his mother walked to the bedroom door, and she
and Kaderrick tried to subdue Defendant and get him to lower
his weapon so Jeremy could leave the room. Kaderrick
testified that Defendant overpowered them and shot Jeremy in
the back as he attempted to run from the bedroom. Kaderrick
stated that he did not see Defendant and Jeremy physically
fighting or struggling over a gun at any time. When Kaderrick
found out that Jeremy had died, he ran out of the house after
Defendant. At that time, Defendant turned around and began
shooting at him.
cross-examination, Kaderrick admitted that Jeremy had pled
guilty to misdemeanor battery and spent six months in jail
over a fight in which he knocked out some of Kaderrick's
Cooper testified that on June 24, 2016, when she and
Defendant returned home from his sister's house, she
began arguing with Jeremy about a case of water that he had
opened. Theresa stated that she was standing in the kitchen,
and Jeremy was standing in the living room when the argument
began. Teresa testified that, when she told Jeremy that he
could not have the case of water, he grabbed her by the neck,
pushed her head up against the wall, and choked her. She
stated that she heard a gunshot from the back of the house,
apparently fired into the ceiling of the living room. Jeremy
then ran to Kadderick's room.
testified that she followed Jeremy into Kaderrick's room
and saw Defendant with a gun. Teresa stated that she and
Kaderrick attempted to keep Defendant and Jeremy apart, but
her son was able to move into the hallway, where Jeremy
punched Defendant in the face. At that point, the two men
fell to the floor. Teresa testified that she heard a gunshot,
and they ran out of the house. She did not actually see the
Gilmore, a cousin of the Coopers, testified that she was in
town from Texas visiting her grandmother, Mary Cooper, a
neighbor of Teresa Cooper (Mary lives at 1031 Shirley Lane).
Jameisha testified that, during the evening, the women heard
a commotion and went outside. She saw Defendant walking down
the street with a silver gun in his hand. Jameisha stated
that she heard Defendant yell, "He shouldn't've
been fuckin' with me." She also stated that she
could hear, but not see, Kaderrick Cooper, who was outside of
the Cooper house. Jameisha testified that she heard Defendant
tell Kaderrick, "If you fuck with me I'll kill you
too." At that point, Defendant began shooting towards
Theresa Cooper's house and Jameisha's aunt made her
go back inside the house. Breanna Cooper, who resides at 1033
Shirley Lane, testified that she also witnessed Defendant
walking down the sidewalk in the direction of her house with