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Galliano Man Charged with Manslaughter after Battery Victim Succombs to Injuries


11/25/2013 by Brennan Matherne
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Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported a man arrested earlier this month for second degree battery has now been charged with manslaughter after the victim succumbed to his injuries. Jacob Paul Chauvin (W/M, D.O.B. 08/09/83) of 108 West 161st Street turned himself in on Friday after learning of the active warrant.

At around 2:15 a.m. on Friday, November 15, deputies responded to a disturbance at Big Shots Bar, located at 20540 Highway 1 in Golden Meadow. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim, 41-year-old Robert Youngblood of Metairie, lying on his back unconscious but breathing. He also had a cut over his left eye and a laceration in the back of his head. Lafourche Ambulance District #1 was dispatched to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment where he was listed in critical condition. He was later transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans for further treatment.

Through investigation at the scene, deputies learned Youngblood was speaking to two men, one of whom was Jacob Chauvin. At one point, Chauvin allegedly became upset at Youngblood’s comments and punched him in the face, causing him to fall down a set of stairs. Detectives made contact with Chauvin later that morning, and he admitted to striking Youngblood, who was then listed in very critical condition at University Medical Center. At that time, Chauvin was arrested and charged with Second Degree Battery. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and subsequently released after posting $5,000 bond as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera III.

Youngblood never regained consciousness and eventually succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced dead at University Medical Center on Monday, November 18. The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy and ruled Youngblood’s death as a homicide with the cause of death being the blunt force trauma to the head which he suffered in the fall following Chauvin’s strike to his head. Detectives then obtained a warrant for Chauvin’s arrest on the charge of Manslaughter.

Chauvin turned himself in to authorities on Friday, November 22. He was booked into the Detention Center per the warrant and is currently being held in lieu of $100,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III.