The state’s final witnesses testified late Tuesday, October 31, 2017, in the Caddo District Court bench trial of a local man accused of cutting his former girlfriend’s throat and killing her.
Kelvin Dewayne Brown II, 29, of Benton, is on trial on a charge of second-degree murder for the December 6, 2014 slaying of former romantic partner Alicia West, 33, who ended their relationship shortly before the murder. She later was attacked and her throat slashed. She died at University Health.
In afternoon, three current or former Shreveport police detectives testified. Former SPD detective Lee Scott testified that in November 2014 West reported that Brown posted provocative photos on social media damaging her reputation. Another former SPD detective, Joseph Brown, testified that a statement Brown gave following the murder was in conflict with cellular records that showed his location at the time of the murder. And current SPD Detective Shaunda Holmes testified that West related, in a cyberstalking/stalking report filed before the murder, that Brown followed her, texting, calling and destroying her property.
Dr. Long Jin, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on West, testified about the injuries she suffered, detailing her severed jugular vein, cut tongue and cuts to her hands and arms. Jin testified that the cause of death was injuries suffered from various cuts from an edged weapon and that the manner of death was homicide.
After the state rested, so did the defense, without calling any witnesses. Defendant Kelvin Brown did not testify.
Proceedings will resume Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. before District Judge John D. Moseley Jr., who will determine Brown’s guilt or innocence.
Prosecutors are assistant district attorneys Britney A. Green and Ron Christopher Stamps. Brown is defended by Michelle Andrepont.
If convicted as charged, Brown faces a mandatory life prison term at hard labor, with no possibility of probation, parole or reduction of sentence.