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-degree murder case, saying he is "totally remorseful" for the "unfortunate" killing and pleading that his $350,000 bail be lowered.

"Sir my reason for writing this brief notation is to inquire and ask of you to please take into consideration as for giving me a bond reduction," Dyteon Simpson, 20, states in a one-page handwritten letter to state District Judge Don Johnson that was filed into the court record Thursday.

Simpson is charged with second-degree murder in Sims' slaying. He pleaded not guilty last month. An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted him in January.

Simpson, the father of a 5-month-old son “that I love very much,” says his mother is a single parent of five children — with him being her eldest son "and her back bone" — and they need and depend on him, his letter states.

He describes himself as a "very productive and independent young man" who was working and attending college when the shooting occurred Sept. 28.

“I pray that justice will prove my innocence,” he states in his letter.

Simpson is accused of shooting Sims, 20, in the head after Sims intervened in a fistfight to defend a friend outside a fraternity party just off the Southern University campus.

DNA evidence retrieved from a pair of glasses found on the scene matched a DNA sample that Simpson give investigators, authorities have said. Those glasses, according to witnesses, were knocked off the shooter’s face during the fight, an arrest report states.

Simpson, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder, confessed to punching Sims’ friend and then intentionally shooting Sims, police have said.

His next court date is Thursday.

Sims, a former University High standout player, is the son of Wayne Sims, who played basketball for LSU in the late 1980s under then-Coach Dale Brown.


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