Suspect found guilty of murder during retrial, officials say
LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A jury reached a guilty verdict for a murder suspect on Thursday, March 16, during a retrial, according to the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Blayson Paul Fife was found guilty of second-degree murder, authorities said. They added he was originally found guilty by a jury on August 26, 2019, with a 10 to two verdict. However, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that split verdicts were unconstitutional, Fife was granted a new trial.
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Authorities said the murder happened back in 2017 in Livingston Parish. They added that the victim, Rick McBride, was found shot to death after deputies responded to a death complaint in Walker.
A witness had not heard from the victim for some time and went to check on him at his home, according to authorities. They added that the witness knocked on the door, got no response, and noticed the door was unlocked. Authorities said the witness opened the door, discovered the victim, and ran to find help to call 911.
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Authorities said that evidence at the crime scene revealed someone broke into the home from a window, encountered the victim, and then shot him several times.
According to the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, after investigators determined that a positive DNA match placed Fife at the crime scene, he admitted to burglarizing the victim’s home but not the murder.
Fife is expected to be sentenced on Thursday, April 27, according to the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
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