Details emerge in Kiln murder
By Dwayne Bremer
Mar 19, 2013, 18:01
Murder suspect Kevin Boudreaux Jr. had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he allegedly brutally pistol-whipped and shot his sister Janell Boudreaux to death outside their C.C. Road, Kiln home on Feb. 10, authorities said at a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Boudreaux, 21, appeared in Justice Court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on charges of murder.
He showed little emotion at the beginning of the hearing; however, once testimony began, he could been seen crying and holding his head in his hands.
Justice Court Judge Jay Lagasse found that there was enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury.
Hancock Sheriff's Investigator John Luther was the only witness to testify at Tuesday's hearing.
Luther said that he was notified of the shooting at 4:57 p.m. on Feb. 10.
He said when he arrived at the residence on C.C. Road, Janell Boudreaux's body was covered with a sheriff's office rain coat in the northern corner of the front yard.
Luther testified that the Boudreauxs had been at the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade earlier in the day and when they returned home, there was an altercation between several family members before the shooting.
Luther said at least two other family members and some small children we present.
After the altercation, Luther said, Kevin Boudreaux Jr. retrieved a .38 caliber pistol, and went outside to confront his sister.
"He pounded the gun on the side of the trailer, and struck her in the face, she fell down and he struck her a few more times, then shot her," Luther said.
An autopsy revealed that Janell had at least eight blunt force injuries to her face and scalp. She also had several abrasions and cuts to her arms and legs, Luther said.
Kevin Boudreaux was tested for gunpowder residue and it was present on his hands, Luther said. Janell Boudreaux had no gunpowder residue on her, Luther said.
Other evidence such as fingerprints and the handgun have been sent off to the crime lab for analysis and results are pending, he said.
Luther said the evidence showed the shooting was "not accidental."
Boudreaux's attorney Brian Alexander asked Luther about his client's state of mind when the shooting allegedly occurred.
"Did he seem intoxicated to you?" Alexander asked. Luther said he did not remember smelling alcohol on Boudreaux at the scene, but after he was taken into custody, he submitted to a breath alcohol test which registered twice the legal limit.
Alexander also asked if Boudreaux admitted during initial questioning that he intentionally shot his sister.
"He said he remembered striking her with the gun," Luther said. "He gave the indication that he was unaware of what had taken place."
Alexander attempted to persuade Lagasse to lower Boudreaux's bond stating that it was is his first felony charge and he has a lot of family in the community.
County Prosecutor Olen Andersen objected, citing the "seriousness and brutality" of the crime.
Lagasse declined the motion and kept Boudreaux's bond at $500,000.
Boudreaux will now wait while his case being presented to the grand jury.
If the grand jury returns an indictment, a trial date will be set.
If convicted, Boudreaux faces life in prison.