Jury convicts Baton Rouge man of manslaughter; found guilty of causing fatal crash while fleeing from police _lowres

Elvin Dunn Jr.

A Baton Rouge man serving 20 years in prison for a Jan. 20, 2014, armed robbery is now awaiting sentencing for causing a fatal crash while fleeing from police later that day.

Brian White, 22, who was convicted of armed robbery last summer, was found guilty Thursday night of manslaughter and other charges in the killing of Elvin Dunn Jr., 37, also of Baton Rouge.

White faces up to 40 years in prison for manslaughter when state District Judge Beau Higginbotham sentences him Sept. 12.

A Baton Rouge police officer tried to stop a green 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis for a minor traffic violation about 11:40 p.m. when it sped off from the area of North Acadian Thruway and Choctaw Drive with the officer giving chase.

The car ran through two stop signs before smashing into Dunn’s 1989 Lincoln Town Car at Fairfields Avenue and North 30th Street.

Dunn was ejected from his car and killed. Several men jumped from the other car and ran off.

White’s DNA was found on the driver’s deployed airbag.

White also was convicted late Thursday of aggravated flight from an officer and hit-and-run involving death or serious injury.

A different East Baton Rouge Parish jury found White guilty of armed robbery in August but could not reach verdicts on the manslaughter and other charges.

In the armed robbery, which occurred about eight hours before the fatal crash, White was accused of robbing a man of his cellphone in the Greenwell Springs Road area. The armed robbery victim identified the green Grand Marquis that White and two other black males were riding in at the time of the robbery.

One of those men, Melvin Morgan, 20, is scheduled to stand trial in December on an armed robbery charge stemming from that incident. Morgan, according to authorities, was driving the Grand Marquis at the time of the robbery.