BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – UPDATE: A Bossier Parish District Judge on Tuesday sentenced a Bossier City man to 39 years at hard labor in the 2016 death of a co-worker.
On August 28, 2019, Judge Parker Self found Patrick Newton Harris, 43, guilty of manslaughter in the March 24, 2016 shooting death of 40-year-old William Christopher Flowers.
The shooting happened during a physical altercation between the two men outside Harris’ home in the 200 block of Melissa Lane in Madison Place, a south Bossier subdivision.
Harris trial which began on May 8, was continued on May 9 was then put on hold until August 8, when it resumed again for two days. It then recessed until August 27, and continued through August 28th, at which time Self found Harris guilty.
According to a press release issued by Bossier District Attorney Schuyler Marvin’s office, evidence and testimony proved the two men, who worked together at AT&T in Shreveport, had been together the night of the incident which discredited the defendant’s account.
In addition, the release said, “Further discrediting the defendant was the testimony of his wife who provided conflicting accounts of the events of the night of the shooting. Forensic pathologist, Dr. Frank Peretti, testified that the victim was shot 5 times. One shot to the side of the neck instantly paralyzed Flowers, and another shot to the back of the neck caused damage to the brain resulting in Flowers’s death.”
Although Elton Richey defended Harris during the three-year runup to the beginning of his trial and during the months the trial unfolded, he retired on Oct. 31, and Minden defense attorney Eric Johnson took over Harris’ case and was in court Tuesday for the sentencing.
Johnson said he plans to appeal the sentence and decision, as he believes the sentence was excessive, adding he also believes the shooting should have fallen under justifiable homicide and ‘stand your ground’ defense.
Although Johnson admitted Flowers was unarmed at the time of the shooting, it happened at Harris’ home, and Harris and Flowers had fought before, with Harris being choked the first time, and knocked unconscious the second.
The case was prosecuted by former Bossier Parish Assistant District Attorney Charles Smith.