In court Wednesday, 15th Judicial Court District Attorney Keith Stutes said his office will seek the death penalty against Ian Paul Howard, the man arrested for the shooting death of Lafayette Police Cpl. Michael Middlebrook.
Middlebrook died Oct. 1 after he was shot while responding to an aggravated assault with a firearm call at a convenience store on Moss Street in Lafayette.
The announcement comes the same day that Stutes’ office released indictments against Howard for the first-degree murder of Middlebrook and three charges of attempted first-degree murder, one against the other responding officer, Logan Signater, and two counts for the two convenience store clerks shot prior to Middlebrook’s arrival at the scene.
Howard left the courthouse with nothing to say despite repeated questions yelled to him from reporters.
The hearing began with a discussion of whether or not Howard could afford his own attorney. The defendant said he could, but when Judge Jules Edwards pressed on him on how much money he had to pay for legal fees, Howard replied that he didn’t know.
Howard also claimed he knew an attorney who would represent him pro bono, but when Edwards asked him to provide a name, Howard couldn’t.
After that exchange, it was determined that Howard was unable to afford his own attorney and that he would be represented by Stephen Singer with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center.
There were several other motions filed leading up to the hearing, but only one other was addressed. Edwards decided that the state should preserve physical evidence in the case, such as security video and cash register reports.
When it came time to set a bond, Howard’s attorney requested the hearing be delayed because his client had just been indicted. Edwards agreed. The bail hearing was reset for Oct. 24.