Convent man found guilty of second degree murder

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

ST. JAMES – On Oct. 1 in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Tess Percy Stromberg, Kyriene Vallery, 24, of 6268 Convent Station Lane in Convent, was found guilty of the second degree of Christian Allen. After listening to Assistant District Attorney Steven C. Tureau present testimony, jurors took only 40 minutes to reach a 10 – 2 verdict.

     After the trial, Prosecutor Steven Tureau said, “Our office was able to overcome issues that arose during trial that made this a difficult case to prove to the jury.  This was truly a group effort, and I cannot express how grateful I am for the assistance of our staff at the 23rd District Attorney’s Office.  Without them the outcome may have been different.  I hope that this guilty verdict provides closure for Mr. Allen’s family.”

     On Nov. 28, 2013, the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting a stabbing at Club 7002 in Convent. The victim, Christian Allen was rendered aid and then transported to St. James Parish Hospital where he later died.  

     The grand Jury returned a true bill for Second Degree Murder on Jan. 27, 2014. Two other co-defendants, Walter Scott and Lakquan Wiggins, are also awaiting trial for their role in the murder. ADA Tureau will also be prosecuting these two defendants.

     Vallery is being held at the St. James Parish Jail where he is awaiting his sentencing on Dec. 28.

     According to LA RS 14:30.1, “whoever commits the crime of second degree murder shall be punished by life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.”