Family of 7 killed in crash claim racism tainted court proceedings

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Family members of some of the 7 people killed last year by drunk driver Brett Gerald are in court to look at a presentence report that was used in his sentencing. John Gaines Jr., right, and his group demonstrate before court opens at 9:30. John Gaines Sr., left, selects a sign along with Dominique Duncan, 17, second from left, and Danielle Duncan, 11, third from left, Tuesday at the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Family members of some of the 7 people killed last year by drunk driver Brett Gerald are in court to look at a presentence report that was used in his sentencing. John Gaines Jr., top left facing, with his brother Marcus Gaines Sr., second from top left facing, and the group demonstrates before court opens at 9:30. Tuesday at the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As a Clinton Police Officer, left, watches, family members, from left, Todd Duncan, 15, Dominique Duncan, 17, Erica Jackson, 19, and Deshun Jackson, 17, of some of the 7 people killed last year by drunk driver Brett Gerald demonstrate before court opens at 9:30 touting truckers to blow their horn if in agreement. They are in court to look at a presentence report that was used in his sentencing Tuesday at the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, Todd Duncan, 15; Erica Jackson, 19; Deshun Jackson, 17; Damaggio Gaines, 12; and Dominique Duncan, 17, relatives of some of the seven people killed last year by admitted drunken driver Brett Gerald, demonstrate Tuesday outside the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton. Family members went to court to look at a presentence report that was used in Gerald's sentencing.