A unanimous jury found a Baton Rouge man guilty Friday of fatally shooting his 39-year-old wife during a domestic dispute in their Pamela Drive home in 2010.
Timothy Bazile, who will turn 47 on Monday, faces an automatic term of life in prison when state District Judge Mike Erwin sentences him Sept. 21 on his second-degree murder conviction in the killing of Kendra Hilliard “Tricee” Bazile.
The East Baton Rouge Parish jury deliberated 2 1/2 hours before giving its answer.
“There’s still that question of why,” Regina Nixon, one of Kendra Bazile’s sisters, said outside the courtroom.
Two of the couple’s children — Montrelle Bazile, 27, and their 15-year-old daughter — testified during the trial that their father, armed with a handgun, came home drunk the night of June 14, 2010, and began arguing with their mother. It was shortly after that they heard shots ring out from the master bedroom.
Kendra Bazile was shot twice.
When police arrived at the house, they found Timothy Bazile sitting on a sofa in the den with a partially loaded revolver still in his hand and five bullet casings on the ground. His deceased wife was on the floor behind the sofa.
“We’ve waited five long years. I haven’t missed a court date,” Nixon said. “It meant a lot that it came back (guilty).”
She said the slaying has divided two families.
Prosecutor David deBlieux said he was pleased with the verdict but wished Bazile had accepted the deal that was offered to him earlier this month: plead guilty to manslaughter and attempted second-degree murder in exchange for a 50-year prison term. Bazile also was accused of shooting at his son.
“No family should have to go through this,” deBlieux said.
“No winners,” added Bazile’s attorney, Jarvis Antwine. “There are never any winners in this.”
Bazile testified Thursday that he has no recollection of shooting his wife.