According to a press release from the office of District Attorney Richard J. Ward, Jr., on July 18, 2017, District Court Judge Alvin Batiste, Jr. found Kenneth Jackson guilty of second degree murder in the stabbing death of his stepson, Brandon King.
The murder occurred November 4, 2014 at 57638 True Hope Lane in Plaquemine when an altercation arose between Jackson and the victim, Brandon King, after Jackson had beaten King’s mother in a domestic dispute earlier in the day.
During his trial, Jackson invoked the “stand your ground” doctrine under Louisiana law, but Judge Batiste found that the “stand your ground” statute did not fit the facts of the case and that Jackson instigated the dispute and had the specific intent to kill King, according to the report.
Dana Larpenteur prosecuted the case for Ward’s office. Jackson was represented by Jack Bride of the Public Defender’s Office.
Ward stated in his release that he wanted to commend the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office for the excellent work in the investigation and arrest which ultimately led to the successful prosecution of Jackson.
The court has set the sentencing date for November 8, 2017. Second degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.