Eunice man indicted in second killing
By: HARLAN KIRGAN
A St. Landry Parish Grand Jury indicted Phillip Lafleur of second-degree murder in the death of his great uncle Dale Lafleur.
The indictment was returned on Tuesday to 27th Judicial District Court Judge D. Jason Meche.
Lafleur, 23, of the 300 block of North 12th Street, Eunice, is accused of murdering the 68-year-old Dale Lafleur, who disappeared in July 2011 from his Bayou Road home in Port Barre.
Phillip Lafleur also is awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge in the death of 22-year-old Akeem Adiddias Ceasar.
Ceasar’s body was found Feb. 1, 2016, in a wooded area north of East Magnolia Avenue. He had last been seen Dec. 24, 2015.
Lafleur was indicted for second-degree murder and Candice Renee Vidrine, 21, was indicted for accessory after the fact to the second degree murder of Ceasar.
The indictments in Ceasar’s death were returned in May 2016.
In the Dale Lafleur case, Phillip Lafleur reportedly passed a note to a jailer at the LaSalle Correctional Center stating he wanted to talk to St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s detectives.
“Detectives arrived at the correctional center and advised Phillip Lafleur his rights. Lafleur then gave a full confession on audio and video confessing to the killing of Dale Lafleur using his fist and other objects,” St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz stated in a news release.
“Phillip Lafleur stated he wanted some money from his Great-Uncle but he was delaying giving him the money. After the killing, Lafleur stated he drove Dale’s car into the Atchafalaya River just across from Krotz Springs with Dale seat belted in the passenger seat,” Guidroz reported.
The elder Lafleur was last seen driving his blue 1991 blue Mazda Miata convertible.
At the time, deputies said he had been sick and depressed, but they suspected his disappearance involved foul play. A search and rescue operation was mounted, but no trace of him was ever found.
Guidroz said Phillip Lafleur also has confessed to Ceasar’s murder.
The Eunice Police Department recovered the body of Ceasar in February 2016 in a wooded area north of East Magnolia Avenue.
Ceasar died of a gunshot wound.
The investigation led to the arrest of Phillip Lafleur and Candice Vidrine.
Phillip Lafleur and Vidrine, then 21, both of Eunice, were identified Feb. 19, 2016, as suspects in Ceasar’s death, which has been ruled a homicide by the coroner.
Vidrine, of the 900 block of North CC Duson Street, Eunice, was charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.
Lafleur, of the 300 block of North 12th Street, Eunice, was charged with simple burglary, theft of a firearm, simple criminal damage to property and second-degree murder.
In Texas, Vidrine was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Lafleur was charged with evading in a motor vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle as well as outstanding warrants.