Man convicted of killing 5 in 'road rage' crash wants new trial

Man convicted of killing 5 in road rage crash wants a new trial

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man convicted of causing a road rage crash that killed five people wants a new trial.

David Leger, 32, of Palmetto, was convicted of five counts of vehicular homicide in July for a fiery crash on I-10 that happened in 2011. Judge Chip Moore said he will make a decision on the request for a new trial on March 10.

Leger faces between 25 and 150 years behind bars. He has managed to avoid sentencing for months through a series of legal maneuvers.

Liz Fontenot, her three boys - Austin, Hunter and Keagan - and Kimberly Stagg died when Leger crossed the median and collided head-on with their car. Investigators said Leger's blood alcohol concentration registered at 0.1, which is over the legal limit of 0.08.

District Judge Trudy White presided over the case and set Leger's sentencing date for August. However, she then rescheduled it for September. Leger then hired a new attorney, Jim Boren, to replace Tommy Damico, who had represented Leger for nearly three years. The September sentencing date was later rescheduled for October.

Boren claimed White was rushing to get the sentencing date in before the November 4 election because she was up for re-election. Judge Don Johnson granted Boren's motion and recused White.

"The appearances in this case were such that it required another judge to hear it," said Boren. "I think the judge indicated that he was concerned about the testimony, about the interest in the election."

"We disagree with the judge's ruling; we respectfully disagree with him," said District Attorney Hillar Moore. "I don't think the evidence was sufficient to have that ruling, but he heard it all and I respect that decision."

Kelsye Hall, the other driver convicted in the deadly crash, is currently on probation after serving her sentence.

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