PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - A man charged with 2nd degree murder pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of negligent homicide just one day before he was slated to go to trial.
Cordias Walker's murder trial for the 2012 killing of Wilbert Myles would have started on Jan. 5. Investigators said Myles was shot in 2012 in the 58000 block of Allen St. in Plaquemine.
Walker had always maintained it was self-defense. Lead prosecutor Tony Clayton accepted Walker's guilty plea on Jan. 4.
One reason Clayton said he did not have a very strong case to prosecute is because one of the witnesses in the case was charged with murder and the lead detective over the case, Plaquemine Police Officer Chad Fonseca, 35, had a warrant out for his arrest for drug distribution.
"It's tough trying these cases when the lead detective is sitting in the same jail as the defendant. The main eyewitness is in jail charged with the murder of another person and lastly, none of the other eyewitnesses are future priests," said Clayton.
Fonseca left the Plaquemine Police Dept. in 2013.
Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi said Fonseca was one of the several people wanted in a December drug round-up after undercover narcotics deputies purchased drugs from Fonseca earlier in the year. Fonseca turned himself into the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office on Dec. 30th and was charged with three counts of distribution of schedule II narcotics, or Oxycodone. Fonseca remains behind bars in Iberville on a $60,000 bond.
"It really hurts when you have to arrest a former law enforcement officer who took an oath to enforce the law, but instead violates those same laws," said Stassi.
Walker faces a maximum sentence of five years.