Grand jury to hear case against Brandon Lavergne

Brandon Lavergne (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office)
Brandon Lavergne (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office)
Mickey Shunick
Mickey Shunick

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - Prosecutors will present their best evidence to a grand jury, hoping to convince jurors to bring Brandon Lavergne to trial for the murder of Mickey Shunick.

However, they head to the proceeding without a major piece of the case, as the 22-year-old UL-Lafayette student is still missing.

The grand jury will hear the case against Lavergne Wednesday afternoon and decide if there is enough evidence to formally charge him.

An investigator on the case said Lavergne is their guy and he believes they are getting much closer to finding Shunick.

The search for Shunick has been trying for family, friends and police.

Her smiling face was last seen on May 19. She spent part of the day at a get together with friends. At some point after Shunick left the party, she disappeared while riding her bike home in the early morning hours.

In the weeks since, authorities and residents alike have undergone massive search efforts with few breaks in the case.

Then, authorities arrested the 33-year-old Lavergne and charged him with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

"Even though we did make an arrest and we feel we have the person responsible for Mickey's disappearance, we still haven't found Mickey," said Cpl. Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department. "So, it's very frustrating not only for the investigators but for the whole team."

Police said Lavergne's arrest uncovered some new clues to help in the search. Texas Equusearch, a Houston-based nonprofit, was called back in to assist.

"Before we really had no direction in how we were traveling except for the information we had. Now that we have named a suspect, we have received a lot of positive information that has pointed us in the right direction," Mouton added.

After the arrest, police collected evidence from Lavergne's home. Investigators said processing it will take time.

However, they remain hopeful Mickey's family will get closure soon.

"What we're hoping is to have that positive link of evidence that will connect them directly to the disappearances, other than what we already have. Anything to help build this case and make it stronger. We feel confident we have the right guy," Mouton explained.    

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