PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - Detrell Scott pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday morning, the day jury selection was scheduled to continue for his trial in the killing of Kye Boudreaux at a hunting camp in Iberville Parish in May 2014.
"That's out of the ordinary. That just doesn't happen," said lead prosecutor Tony Clayton.
Judge William Dupont spent all of Tuesday going through a pool of 275 potential jurors trying to seat a 12-person jury. Wednesday morning, jury selection was supposed to continue. Instead, Scott pleaded guilty.
"This is heaven for me," said Boudreaux's father Darrel, referring to Scott's plea instead of going to trial. But his mother said she wanted to go to trial so everyone would have been able to see all the evidence prosecutors had.
"He confessed. We got him on video. We have him on tape leaving the crime scene. We got his DNA. We got the weapon. We got everything. So that's why he pleaded. He didn't do it as a favor to the family. He did it because he was caught," said Clayton."He didn't stand a snowball's chance in hell with this evidence."
Among the evidence was Scott's initial interview with deputies.
Besides saying he accidentally shot Boudreaux, Scott already confessed to detectives a year ago that he took his boat back to the landing and tried to burn his truck.
He also sent a text to his friend reading "Man bra, I knocked my white boy off last night."
With Scott's plea, the Boudreaux family said they can now begin moving on, but they know Kye is constantly with him, especially through all the signs his mom says they keep getting such as his father's bandage bleeding in a heart shape or Kye's horse eating a smiley face out of his round of hay.
Darrell Georgetown Jr., 27, also of Plaquemine, was arrested about two weeks after the murder. He is charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, but was scheduled to serve as a state witness. His sentence is unknown at this time.
A second-degree murder conviction in Louisiana carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility for probation or parole.