After four days in court, a jury unanimously found Tracy Govan guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injury Monday night.
This decision comes nearly a year and a half after Sterlington police officer, Sergeant David Elahi, was hit and killed off of Highway 165.
Police said Govan, was driving impaired, when he crossed the fog line and hit Sergeant Elahi and two other officers.
Both Sergeant Elahi’s family and prosecutors said they’re thankful to finally get justice for David.
“It has been a very very long, trying process and we’re glad to be at the end of the legal end of this process,” Elahi’s fiance Dana Parsley said.
Multiple witnesses took the stand, including Sterlington Police Chief Barry Bonner, officers injured in the crash and even Govan himself.
Govan admitted to drinking at his mom’s home in Arkansas the night of the incident, but testified that he sobered up before driving.
Govan and his lawyer, Louis Scott, declined to comment on the verdict.
He will remain out on bond until his sentencing April 20.
(2/23/18) — The State has rested and the defense has begun bringing forth its witnesses. Judge Carl Sharp confirms that the trial will continue on Monday.
Initially the trial was expected to go to jury today.
The defense began calling witnesses with Chief of Sterlington Police, Barry Bonner.
This was day three in the trial for the State of Louisiana versus Tracy Govan. He is the driver prosecutors claim hit and killed Sergeant David Elahi.
(2/21/18) — Attorneys tell us that the trial may last an entire week due to the many witnesses having to take the stand.
Tracy Govan is accused of hitting and killing Sergeant David Elahi in July of 2016, injuring two additional officers.
Govan faces a number of charges for the crash including vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injury, improper lane usage and being impaired while driving.
We will keep you updated with the latest information.
(2/20/18) — Friends and family are hoping justice will finally be served this week for the death of Sterlington police officer Sergeant David Elahi.
“The trial will last through this week. We’re not exactly sure how long yet but it’s been a long time coming for sure,” says Dana Parsely.
There was one more hearing Tuesday morning in the process for closure for Sergeant Elahi’s fiancee, Dana Parsely. Judge Carl V. Sharp oversaw jury selection that began Tuesday morning for Tracy Govan, the man facing several charges connected to the July 2016 death of Elahi.
“It’s been really nerve wracking I think for the entire family. It’s definitely really hard going through all the court proceedings and all the different hearings. It’s been pushed out a lot and that’s been really tough for all of us,” says Parsely.
A year and a half of going back and forth between hearings has put a damper and a strain for those waiting to hear the outcome, but it will hopefully be the ending that family and friends need to close that chapter.
“Well, I think it’ll bring a little bit of closure to finally actually go through the trial process because we feel like we get so close to being at trial and then it gets pushed out again,” says Parsely.