Defendant wants trial delay, accused of 2010 beating death of student

Man accused in 2010 beating death of student

A defendant scheduled for trial in June in the 2010 beating death of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student is asking a judge for a delay in the start of his trial because his attorney, Tommy Guilbeau, underwent surgery Tuesday and will need a month to recuperate.

Ian Trahan is scheduled to go to trial June 23 on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the early morning beating death of Kenneth Donnelly Jr. and wounding of Rufus Fells on Oct. 28, 2010.

Trahan also was scheduled for a pretrial hearing May 29, which Guilbeau had requested be delayed as well.

By Thursday afternoon, Judge Marilyn Castle had not answered Guilbeau’s request.

Trahan and Wayland Guillory were arrested Jan. 20 and later charged in the attacks on Donnelly and Fells.

Guillory, who in December cited alleged incriminating statements made by Trahan to prosecutors, asked a judge to separate, or sever, his and Trahan’s trials. Guillory is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 17.

In asking for Trahan’s trial delay, Guilbeau said Assistant District Attorney Pat Magee has no objection to the delay.

Donnelly was 20 years old when he was beaten to death with a metal object at the rental home he shared with Fells at 305 McKinley St. The home is among a row of bars called The Strip, which was popular with college students.

Fells survived the attack but suffered facial fractures and permanent hearing loss. After the attack, he moved back to Alexandria.

Trahan, 24, is serving a five-year prison sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on an unrelated drug conviction.

Trahan and Guillory were to stand trial together. But in December, Guillory’s attorney asked that Trahan and Guillory be tried separately. The attorney, Valex Amos Jr., said Trahan made statements to prosecutors that incriminated Guillory.

“Wayland Guillory has protested his innocence of these charges from the very beginning of his arrest through police interrogation,” Amos wrote. “He has always maintained his innocence and has no knowledge whatsoever as to who committed these crimes.”

Guillory has been held in the Jackson Parish Correctional Center awaiting trial.