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Hung jury in Beaumont murder trial; defendant bonds out of jail

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(Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
Darrell LaFleur (Photo: Beaumont Police Department) Darrell LaFleur (Photo: Beaumont Police Department)

The trial of a Beaumont man charged in a 2010 homicide ended with hung jury Wednesday.  A new trial date has not yet been set.

Alfred Earl Durousseau, 30, of Beaumont, is accused of killing, then dumping the body of Darrel LaFleur, 50, of Beaumont,  in a field in the 1900 block of Verone Street in south Beaumont back in May 2010.

June 2010

Autopsy results show LaFleur died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Prosecutors believe Durousseau hit LaFleur with a heavy object after the two got into an argument.  Durousseau later turned himself into police.

The case went to the jury Monday afternoon, the same day testimony began.

Deliberations ended Wednesday with a 6-6 split among jury members.

"He was a sweet person; a very considerate person. He was more concerned about other people's feelings than his own feelings," said Veronica Thompson, LaFleur's sister.

The defendant's family walked out of the courtroom celebrating after Judge Layne Walker reduced Durousseau's bond from $150,000 to $15,000. 

"I knew God was going to answer my prayers. My baby's free. He's free," said Enolia Bolt, Durousseau's grandmother.

Durousseau's family was able to bond him out of the Jefferson County jail Wednesday evening.

A new trial date has not yet been set. 

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