Murdered 15-year-old was trying to protect mother

Roses and card left at Veillon residence.
Roses and card left at Veillon residence after the shooting that claimed a 15-year-old and left his mother in critical condition. Photo by Anna Thibodeaux

As details unfolded in the trial of Ed Veillon Jr., court testimony revealed Veillon murdered his 15-year-old son as he tried to protect his mother.

Veillon, who had been drinking, started an argument with his wife, Nicole Veillon, on April 22 of last year, according to court testimony. She tried to diffuse the situation. He loaded his gun. Their nine-year-old daughter knew something bad was going to happen and got under the kitchen table.

Veillon then shot his wife through her hand and the bullet entered her neck. Their son, Seth Veillon, went to his mother’s defense and his father shot him four times. The daughter called 911 and then also tried to save her mother by applying a dishrag to her neck wound to stop the bleeding until the police arrived.

Around 6 p.m. at 136 Lynn Drive, Paradis, the Veillons’ daughter was seen fleeing their residence and crouching in fear behind a truck in the driveway. A neighbor asked her what was wrong and she replied, “My parents and brother are dead.”

District Attorney Joel T. Chaisson II called the shootings “unspeakable crimes” and that Veillon “broke a family and shocked a quiet community.”

A St. Charles Parish jury has found Veillon guilty of the second-degree murder of his son and the attempted murder of his wife.

“I cannot imagine the anguish that Nicole and her young daughter have had to endure over the past year while waiting for this trial to begin,” Chaisson said. “This conviction would have been much more difficult to secure without the eyewitness testimony of Nicole’s 10-year-old daughter. It is my hope that this verdict will bring the closure that this family needs to try to move on with their lives”

Following a two-day trial and just over an hour of deliberation, a jury unanimously returned the verdict today (May 2) in the 2018 shooting. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Connie Aucoin.

Veillon, 50, was arrested on April 22, 2018 following the shooting. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the Louisiana Department of Corrections on the second degree murder conviction. That sentence is without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Judge Emile R. St. Pierre set sentencing on July 2, 2019 at 9 a.m.



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