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Multi-Day Trial Ends With Gulity Verdict


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On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, the 16th Judicial District Attorney Bo Duhé announces that a jury unanimously found Henderson Wesley guilty of second degree murder after a multi-day trial.

The conviction stems from the shooting of Ronald Chillis, Jr. on October 8, 2014. On that date, the defendant fired several shots through the front door of Mr. Chillis’s home in Four Corners. Mr. Chillis had been shot several times and died as a result of his wounds.

There is surveillance video of the homicide and the defendant was identified as the person who shot Mr. Chillis by several witnesses. Further, cell phone analysis confirmed that the defendant’s phone was in the area around the time of the homicide.

Sentencing is set before the Honorable Keith R.J. Comeaux on October 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Second degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without
the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Brady Holtzclaw and Assistant Attorney General Daniel Smart prosecuted the case with the assistance of Katie Williams. The case was investigated by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office and scientific analysis performed by the Acadiana Criminalistics Laboratory. The Office would like to especially thank Attorney General Jeff
Landry for the assistance of Assistant Attorney General Daniel Smart in this matter.

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