Judge denies new trial in 2013 Lancaster murder

Kevin Souffrant (submitted)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster County judge has denied a new trial for a city man serving life for killing his ex-girlfriend in March 2013.

Kevin Souffrant, 39, argued his lawyer was ineffective and should have pursued a different strategy at the 2014 trial where he was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of 21-year-old Shadae Taylor-Brooks. Souffrant said his trial lawyer should have pursued a manslaughter defense.

Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker denied the claims. He said manslaughter would not have necessarily been a better approach because Souffrant told police unknown intruders were responsible.

Prosecutors said Souffrant pistol-whipped Taylor-Brooks in her Wabank Road apartment, then beat and strangled her before shooting her twice.

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