Louisiana man found guilty in fatal fight over tennis shoes



NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has been found guilty of killing another man in a fast-food restaurant’s parking lot during an argument over a stolen pair of expensive tennis shoes.

After a week-long trial, an Iberia Parish jury on Monday unanimously found Jorie Walker, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, guilty of second-degree murder of Lavonne Johnson, 20.

Walker and his girlfriend argued June 4, 2018 and as she left she took a pair of Walker’s tennis shoes, Iberia Parish District Attorney Bo Duhe said. Johnson, the girlfriend’s cousin, came to pick her up.

Walker later confronted Johnson because he thought Johnson had stolen the shoes. Walker told investigators he shot Johnson multiple times after Johnson and the passengers in his car started laughing.

Walker is scheduled to be sentenced on July 20 before District Judge Anthony Saleme, multiple news outlets reported. He faces a sentence of life in prison.

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