Call for justice in Treyford Pellerin death

Following the conclusion of Louisiana State Police’s investigation into the police-involved death of Treyford Pellerin last year, those findings were handed over to the district attorney’s office and now the case will be heard by a grand jury.

Posted: Apr 28, 2021 5:36 PM

Lafayette - Following the conclusion of Louisiana State Police’s investigation into the police-involved death of Treyford Pellerin last year, those findings were handed over to the district attorney’s office and now the case will be heard by a grand jury.

The family of Treyford Pellerin, the man shot and killed by Lafayette police 8 months ago, met with the district attorney this morning.

Outside the office was activist group Village 337 with a call-to-action.

“Say his name...Trey...What do we want?...Justice...When do we want it?...Now,” the demonstrators chanted as they showed support for the Pellerin family.

Village 337 started following the death of Pellerin last September. Group president Devon Norman says he felt it was important to come out today.

"The village as an organization was founded and started out of protest for Treyford and for justice for Treyford. And we feel like it’s important for us to finish the work that we started," said Norman.

The attorney for the Pellerin family, Ron Hayley spoke following the meeting saying that they were told the shooting was justified.

"What we were also able to learn today was that they state police did conclude their investigation into the shooting and rendered it a justifiable shooting," Hayley said.

He says those findings by state police should be taken with a grain of salt as there has been a lack of transparency throughout the case.

"The public must demand transparency. It doesn’t matter, this is not an anti-police issue or a pro-police issue, this is a public policy and a public safety issue where we need to be transparent when these cases come forward," he said.

But he says he is hopeful about the grand jury being able to make their own decision on what happened the night Pellerin was killed.

"I’ve seen the video. As an attorney, I believe a crime was committed based on what I saw with my own eyes. I’m hopeful that the grand jury when presented the case, is presented in a way that they can independently make their own assumption," Hayley said.

Hayley also says the grand jury will accept evidence from the family and Pellerin’s mother, Michelle Pellerin will be allowed to testify on his behalf.

I spoke with district attorney Don Landry on the phone who told me he felt the meeting went well. He said they tried to answer all the questions from the family as work continues on the case.

Right now there is no date set for the case.

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