Suspect in officer’s death declared competent


SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The man accused of killing a Shreveport police officer is competent to stand trial.

That’s the finding of a sanity hearing for 29-year-old Grover De’Aundre Cannon held Tuesday.

The Shreveport man is charged with first-degree murder for the August 2015 fatal shooting of Officer Thomas LaValley. Cannon also faces one count each of attempted second-degree murder, battery of a police officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

KSLA-TV (http://bit.ly/2gh05zc) reports Cannon’s attorneys asked for the hearing to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

The court-appointed sanity commission’s three members — Drs. Marc Colon, Sarah DeLand and Pamela McPherson — testified that Cannon believes Caddo Correctional Center guards would poison his food if he didn’t perform homosexual acts. Still, they said he’s capable of making his own decisions and can stand trial.

In April, Cannon’s trial was scheduled for Feb. 5, 2017. Defense attorneys have been pushing for it to be moved to June 2017.

LaValley was shot six times while responding to a call Aug. 5, 2015, about a suspicious person in a Queensborough neighborhood home. Of the 15 shots fired, one came from a 9 mm handgun. The rest came from a .40-caliber handgun.

LaValley’s service weapon, a Glock 22 .40-caliber handgun, has yet to be recovered. The reward for its recovery remains at $5,000.

Cannon was captured during a citywide manhunt.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Cannon if he is convicted as charged.

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Information from: KSLA-TV, http://ksla.com

 

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