Judge delays ruling on request for new trial in 'road rage' conviction, needs more time to resolve 'issue'

Judge delays ruling on request for new trial in 'road rage' conviction, needs more time to resolve 'issue'

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The ruling on whether a man convicted of vehicular homicide in a "road rage" crash that killed five people will be granted a new trial was delayed again and is now scheduled for March 20.

Judge Chip Moore moved the hearing once more on a request for a new trial for David Leger, 33, of Palmetto, because he said there was an issue in the case he needed to resolve and stayed up all night trying to resolve it without success. Moore did not say what the issue was but said he needed more time to resolve it before making his ruling.

The hearing was initially scheduled for Tuesday, but was then moved to Wednesday after defense attorneys requested a continuance and Moore granted it.

Last July, a jury found Leger guilty on five counts of vehicular homicide. He was convicted but never sentenced for causing a road rage crash that killed five people. Some legal maneuvers caused his sentencing date to be rescheduled several times. If the conviction stands, he faces anywhere between 25 and 150 years behind bars.

The crash happened on I-10 East between Highland Road and Manchac Bayou on March 13, 2011. The jury found Leger caused the deaths of five people after losing control of his truck and hitting the victims' car during an alleged road rage incident. Leger's blood alcohol concentration was 0.1, which is over the legal limit of 0.08.

The victims were:

Liz Fontenot, 29

Kimberly Stagg, 19

Keagan Fontenot, 11

Hunter Johnson, 7

Austin Fontenot, 3

Louisiana State Police reported Kelsye Hall was driving a sport utility vehicle and Leger was driving a 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.

Hall was also convicted in the crash. She is currently on probation and parole supervision after serving her prison sentence. She was convicted of five counts of negligent 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. She is on probation until 2019.

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