LAFAYETTE — A state district judge Thursday found Troydell Simmons not guilty in the July 2009 second-degree murder of Mark Boutin.
Judge Jules D. Edwards III read the verdict in open court Thursday, prompting cries of joy from Simmons’ family and friends.
Edwards quickly rebuked them with a “shut your mouth.”
“If you cannot behave yourself in this moment of tragedy, you should just walk out of the room,” Edwards told them.
Simmons was accused of shooting Boutin once in the head with a 9 mm handgun during the early morning of July 2, 2009. The shooting occurred in the 700 block of Fado Street in Carencro.
After the bench trial Thursday, Simmons’ mother, Mary Simmons, expressed her joy.
“I’m excited and I’m happy my child is coming home,” Mary Simmons said. “He’s sat in jail for two years for something he was wrongfully accused for.”
Prosecutor Pat Magee said he “respectfully disagreed with the verdict.”
Magee said the state intends to pursue perjury charges against Simmons, who is accused of lying on the stand during his first trial, which ended in a mistrial in June.
Edwards did find Simmons guilty of being in possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and sentenced him to serve six months in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center with credit for time served.
Simmons has been incarcerated at the parish jail since his arrest in 2009.