Not guilty pleas entered in fatal fight at St. James bar

Three people accused of crimes following a Nov. 28 fatal stabbing at a St. James Parish bar pleaded not guilty Monday to the charges, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors have accused Kyriene L. Vallery, 22, 6268 Convent Station Lane, Convent, of stabbing Christian Allen, 25, in the back about 11 p.m. as a large fight ended at Club 7002 on River Road in Convent.

Allen, of Paulina, died from his injuries at St. James Hospital in Lutcher afterward, sheriff’s deputies have said.

A grand jury indicted Vallery on Jan. 27 with a count of second-degree murder, the indictment says.

Vallery entered his not guilty plea along with two others Monday morning at the St. James Parish Courthouse in Convent before Judge Guy Holdridge of the 23rd Judicial District, prosecutors and court officials said.

Assistant District Attorney Steven Tureau said Walter Scott III, 28, 14225 Oak Meadow, Gonzales, also pleaded not guilty to charge of being a principal to second-degree murder.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Scott and Vallery on Nov. 29, deputies have said.

The third person, Lakquan Wiggins, 3388 Dr. Rev. Samuel Jones St., Paulina, who was 22 at the time of her arrest in December, pleaded not guilty Monday to being an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, Tureau said.

Vallery’s next court date is 9 a.m. May 27, Tureau said.

Vallery and Scott remained Monday night in St. James Parish Jail in Convent while online jail records show Wiggins is no longer in custody.