Nations found guilty of negligent homicide Monday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 19, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; William Clay Nations was found guilty of negligent homicide by a Concordia Parish judge Monday evening, ending the three-day trial.

Nations, charged with second-degree murder in the June 2004 death of Kevin Wall at the Temple Road bridge, entered a not guilty plea in February 2005.

&8220;The court finds that the state has failed to prove their burden of proof,&8221; Judge Kathy Johnson said. &8220;There is no doubt this case is an unfortunate example of what happens when you mix guns and alcohol.&8221;

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Nations attorney Derrick Carson waived the right to a jury citing evidence involved would not affect the outcome.

Witness accounts revealed that ongoing arguments over stolen guns and family matters among those in attendance of the June 14 incident were what led to the shooting. Once on the bridge three guns were brought out, only one of which was fired.

Nations gun, said by witnesses to be an AK 47, was never recovered. Nations, after allegedly being threatened by Wall over a prior incident, &8220;stepped back and started firing,&8221; injuring several and killing Wall.

&8220;It&8217;s just a tragedy all the way around,&8221; Assistant District Attorney Ronnie McMillan said.

Under Louisiana law negligent homicide is the killing of a human being by criminal negligence. The maximum penalty for negligent homicide in five years in jail and or a $5,000 fine. Nations sentencing will be at 9:30 Aug. 23.