CONVENT, LA (WAFB) - A Convent, LA man has been found guilty of the second degree murder of Christian Allen that happened on November 28, 2013.
Deputies with the St. James Parish Sheriff's Office were called to Club 7002. When they arrived, they found Allen had been stabbed in the back. He later died at the hospital.
Kyriene Vallery, now 24, was arrested shortly after the fatal stabbing.
On October 1, 2015, Vallery was found guilty of second degree murder. It took jurors only 40 minutes to reach a 10-2 verdict.
After the trial, Prosecutor Steven Tureau said, "Our office was able to overcome issues that arose during trial that made this a difficult case to prove to the jury. This was truly a group effort, and I cannot express how grateful I am for the assistance of our staff at the 23rd District Attorney's Office. Without them the outcome may have been different. I hope that this guilty verdict provides closure for Mr. Allen's family."
The grand Jury returned a true bill for second degree murder on January 27, 2014. Two other co-defendants, Walter Scott and Lakquan Wiggins, are also awaiting trial for their role in the murder.
Vallery is currently being held at the St. James Parish Jail where he is awaiting his sentencing on December 28. A second degree murder conviction comes with an automatic life in prison sentence, with no possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.