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.