BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man convicted of five counts of vehicular homicide in a deadly "road rage" crash will remain free until another sentencing date can be scheduled, but that may take a while.
David Leger, 32, of Palmetto, was convicted on July 11, 2014 and released from jail the next day after posting a $10,000 bond. He faces 150 years in prison.
Leger was originally scheduled to appear for his sentencing hearing Thursday, but his new attorney filed a motion to recuse Judge Trudy White. That motion was allowed, so that means both sides will have to wait to see if it will be granted and if a new judge will be assigned. If a new judge is assigned, the whole process for his sentencing will have to start over.
The wreck happened on I-10 East between Highland Road and Manchac Bayou on March 13, 2011. Louisiana State Police reported Kelsye Hall of Baton Rouge was driving an SUV and Leger was driving a pickup truck. Troopers said Hall was driving ahead of Leger on I-10 West and for some distance, they were both driving recklessly.
It is believed Leger tried to pass Hall, but she wouldn't let him. Investigators suspect Leger's truck clipped the front of Hall's SUV, which sent him across the median. Authorities said the truck collided head-on with the Acura the victims were riding in and the car burst into flames. A bottle of alcohol was found in Leger's truck. Toxicology results came back showing Leger was legally drunk at 0.1. The legal limit is 0.08.
This is the third time his sentencing has been delayed. In August his sentencing trial was postponed until the end of September and it was pushed back again until today.
Leger faces five to 30 years in prison on each count of vehicular homicide.
In July, the jury delivered the guilty verdict for Leger after about 90 minutes of deliberation.
The victims of the fiery crash are:
Liz Fontenot, 29
Kimberly Stagg, 19
Keagan Fontenot, 11
Hunter Johnson, 7
Austin Fontenot, 3
Hall was convicted of five counts of vehicular homicide in August 2013. She was sentenced in October 2013 to two years in prison for her role in the crash. She was released from prison on July 6, 2014. She is on probation until 2019.