LAFAYETTE — A Lafayette Parish grand jury indicted Brandon Scott Lavergne on Wednesday on two counts of first-degree murder, one involving missing cyclist Michaela “Mickey” Shunick and the other the death of Lisa Pate on July 3, 1999.
The grand jury met all day Wednesday to consider two cases, the last of which involved Lavergne. The grand jury returned the indictments shortly before 6 p.m.
Lavergne, 33, of the Lawtell area in St. Landry Parish, has been held without bail at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center in the disappearance of Shunick, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student, since his July 5 arrest on counts of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.
Little information was available Wednesday evening concerning Pate’s killing. Prosecutors declined to comment after the grand jury proceedings, and 15th Judicial District Attorney Michael Harson did not return a call to his cellphone.
News reports at the time about Pate’s slaying indicate that the 35-year-old Lafayette woman’s remains were found in September 1999 under some boards behind a house near Church Point. She had been missing since June of that year.