Conviction upheld in 2012 slaying of Lafayette cab driver

A state appeals court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a man serving a life sentence in the 2009 robbery and killing of a Lafayette cab driver.

A jury in October 2012 found Kevin Dee Gildhouse, 23, guilty in the robbery and shooting death of Wallace “Wally” Badeaux, 33, a driver for Dixie Cab Co.

Gildhouse had appealed, arguing, among other things, that there was not enough evidence to convict him and that his defense attorney had been improperly blocked from asking certain questions during the cross examination of a key witness.

The state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal shot down Gildhouse’s challenge to the murder conviction in an opinion released Wednesday.

A second man, Aaron Francois, 23, was also convicted of second-degree murder in the case in a separate trial.

Both men admitted involvement in the incident but each fingered the other as the trigger man.