Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Two plead guilty in death trial

kimmons copyRather than go to trial, at least two of the three men charged with second-degree murder of Cedric Kingsby pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in 26th Judicial District Court Monday.

According to a spokesperson in the Webster District Attorney's Office, Chester Kimmons and Antonio Thornton entered guilty pleas to attempted manslaughter with a pre-sentencing investigation. Sentencing is set for February 10.

The attorney for Roshun Huey was not in court Monday, therefore, his court appearance has been passed until Wednesday, the spokesperson said.

All were originally charged with second-degree battery; however, one week after the arrests, Kingsby died from his injuries and charges were upgraded.

The incident involving Kingsby, Huey, Kimmons and Thornton took place on Columbia Street around 11 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012.

"Apparently, Kingsby had several wounds to his face and head and became very combative in the emergency room because of those injuries and had to be restrained," said Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper.

thornton copyRoshun Huey copy 2Due to the severity of the injuries, Kingsby was reportedly transferred to LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport.

At 6 a.m. Wednesday, October 24, Huey reportedly walked into the Minden Police Department and surrendered.

Cropper said there were indications that Huey and Kingsby had fought in the past, possibly over a female.

"Whether that was the basis for what happened that night, I'm not sure," he said.






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