Testimony begins in priest’s 1992 slaying

| August 28, 2011

Testimony began Wednesday in the trial of a Thibodaux man accused of killing a priest in 1992, though the accused has already been sentenced to life in prison for other crimes.

Lafourche District Attorney Cam Morvant II said pursuing the murder case is important despite uncertainty over whether 33-year-old Derrick Odomes can receive a sentence if convicted.

“It’s closure for the family,” he said in an interview. “I gave them my word four years ago. We owe that to the victims.”

The Rev. Hunter Horgan’s family has declined to comment until the trial’s conclusion.

It is the final chapter of a murder mystery that shocked a local congregation, stunned the community and stumped detectives for more than a decade.

Odomes is accused of bludgeoning Horgan to death Aug. 13, 1992, inside the priest’s office in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Thibodaux. Odomes, who was 14 years old in 1992, was arrested in September 2007.



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