Brandon Scott Lavergne has asked a judge to void his guilty pleas in August to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate.
Lavergne entered the pleas less than two months after his arrest in a high-profile investigation that began May 19, when Shunick, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student, disappeared while riding her bicycle home from downtown Lafayette.
The Shunick case revived an older investigation into the 1999 death of Pate, and Lavergne, who had long been a suspect in the older killing.
Officials at the Lafayette Parish Coroner's office say the body believed to be Mickey Shunick is in such an advanced stage of decay they had to send it to face identification expert at Louisiana State University.
Keith Talamo, chief medicolegal investigator at the coroner's office, said Wednesday Mary Manhein at the LSU FACES Laboratory will be handling the investigation of the body. Police found it buried at a cemetery about 100 yards off of La. Highway 10.
Talamo said it will be 24-48 hours before they will be able to identify the remains.
LAFAYETTE — Lafayette police this afternoon will discuss an arrest in the case of a University of Louisiana student missing since May 19. Investigators say 33-year-old Brandon Scott Lavergne was booked on first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. Mickey Shunick was last seen riding her bicycle home from a friend's house.