Darrow man convicted of manslaughter

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Renaldo Claiborne of Darrow was convicted of the manslaughter of Alcee Miller, after waiving his right to a trial by jury Oct. 27, following a two-day trial in 23rd Judicial District Court.

Claiborne was accused of a brutal murder in the parking lot of a Ralph’s Supermarket on Dec. 12 2008.

According to testimony during the trial, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies arrived on the scene and began an extensive investigation into the death.  Deputies immediately observed a white Mercury Grand Marquis riddled with gunshots in a private driveway.

After securing the vehicle, deputies focused their attention to the parking lot where the shooting took place. They located several shotgun shell casings and waddings in the parking lot of the supermarket. While doing a more thorough search of the white Mercury, detectives on the scene observed a piece of Jaleen Dumas' hair lodged in the front passenger side door after being grazed off her head by a projectile.

State prosecuting attorneys Shawn Bush and Joni Buquoi alleged at the trial that the shooting stemmed from an altercation precipitated by Claiborne.

Judge Robert J. Klees deliberated for less than thirty minutes before reaching a verdict of guilty to manslaughter.

Claiborne was remanded to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, and sentencing was deferred pending a pre-sentence investigation report.

Upon completion of the report, a sentencing date will be set.