Testimony resumed Tuesday, October 31, 2017, in the 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. She broke off their relationship, and later was attacked and her throat slashed. She died at University Health.
Responding Shreveport Police Officer Kevin Duck finished his testimony, and prosecutors played part of a video where Duck prayed with West as they awaited arrival of emergency medical personnel.
Rackel Alvarez, West’s best friend, testified West was afraid of Kelvin Brown, that West would stay at Alvarez’s home to hide from Brown and that Alvarez loaned West a gun to protect herself.
Next, SPD Corp. Betsy Pickett testified that she responded to West’s home on November 2, 2014, in response to a complaint that West’s outside faucet had been turned on.
Then Kamaya Jiles, who served in the military with Brown, testified she was a victim of harassment and unwanted contact and communications from Brown. Ms. Jiles was forced to make a formal complaint and the military command took action and intervened.
Morning testimony wrapped up with Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Shannon Mack providing expert historical data analysis (cell phone forensics) of the location of Brown’s and West’s cell phone locations on the day of the slaying.
The case is before District Judge John D. Moseley Jr., who will determine Brown’s guilt or innocence.
The state is expected to rest its case today.
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.