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Leesville Daily Leader - Leesville, LA
  • Second mistrial declared in Sizemore trial

  • A second mistrial has been declared in the case against Justin Sizemore, who is accused of killing Christopher Hoffpauir along Garwood Busby Road in June 2010.


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  • A second mistrial has been declared in the case against Justin Sizemore, who is accused of killing Christopher Hoffpauir along Garwood Busby Road in June 2010.
    Judge James Mitchell granted the mistrial Wednesday because the prosecution, led by Ronald Seastrunk and Scott Westerchil, did not disclose certain pieces of information to the defense, led by Tony Tillman.
    The evidence in question related to an interview conducted by Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office detective Ray Ortiz; Ortiz acknowledged Wednesday that he spoke to Jody Thibeaux and Shayna LeBlanc, both friends of Kristyn Hoffpauir, in January.
    Thibeaux told attorneys Tuesday that he told Ortiz that his ex-wife and Kristyn Hoffpauir's mother had found a gun in her closet roughly two to three years ago after Kristyn Hoffpauir was sent off to a Youth Challenge Program in Shreveport. Thibeaux said that he was not present when his ex-wife and Kristyn Hoffpauir's mother found the gun.
    Ortiz said that he did not put the statement in the report because "it would be hearsay evidence." Ortiz did say that he spoke to Seastrunk about the statement when he delivered a written report to the district attorney's office.
    Tillman told Mitchell that in speaking to Thibeaux's ex-wife, he was informed of more information regarding the incidents in question. Tillman said that there was "not enough time" to be able to thoroughly interview her and other potential witnesses.
    "It's a real tragedy," Mitchell said upon the mistrial. "It's not fair to the defendant, it's not fair to the family, and it's not fair to the state."
    Mitchell said that the trial would be re-fixed to the next available date.
    Sizemore will be held under the same bond conditions as previously outlined.
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