LSU basketball player Wayde Sims’ accused killer, who has filed two bond reduction motions and sent a letter to a judge pleading for a lower bond, will get a hearing on his requests in two weeks, the judge decided Thursday.
Dyteon Simpson, 20, of Baker, is charged with second-degree murder and is currently being held on $350,000 bail.
A Baker man accused in the September shooting death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims has penned a letter to the judge handling his second-d…
State District Judge Don Johnson scheduled the hearing for March 21.
Simpson appeared in Johnson’s court with his court-appointed attorneys, Margaret Lagattuta and Lindsay Blouin, who asked that a hearing be held in two weeks.
Simpson is accused of shooting the 20-year-old Sims in the head on Sept. 28 after Sims intervened in a fistfight to defend a friend outside a fraternity party just off Southern University’s campus.
DNA evidence retrieved from a pair of glasses found on the scene matched a DNA sample that Simpson gave investigators, authorities have said. The glasses, according to witnesses, were knocked off the shooter’s face during the fight, an arrest report says.
Simpson confessed to punching Sims’ friend and then intentionally shooting Sims, police have said.
He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted as charged.
Simpson, who was arrested Sept. 29, filed bond reduction motions Nov. 19 and Jan. 17 when a different judge was presiding over the case. An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted him Jan. 24, and he pleaded not guilty last month.
A new judge was assigned Friday to preside over the case of slain LSU basketball player Wayde Sims, who was shot to death in September.
He recently sent a handwritten letter to Johnson saying he is "totally remorseful" for the killing and asking again for a bond reduction. He said his family needs him. Simpson has a 5-month-old son.
Sims, who starred at University High, is the son of Wayne Sims, who played basketball for LSU under then-Coach Dale Brown in the late 1980s.
A Baker man pleaded not guilty Thursday in the September slaying of LSU basketball player and former University High standout Wayde Sims.