Murder trial for 2017 GSU campus killings starts Monday

Jaylin Wayne, the man accused of killing two people at Grambling State University in October 2017, will face trial for two counts of second-degree murder in Third District Court starting Monday.

The shooting followed an altercation that began inside a dorm room at Bowen Hall and spilled out into the courtyard about midnight on Oct. 25, 2017, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department reported at the time.

In a press release after the Wayne’s arrest, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said, “I feel confident that our investigators have put together a strong case.” 

Wayne, of St. Louis, Missouri, was a GSU freshman at the time of the shootings. 

Originally arrested on a warrant charging first-degree murder, a Lincoln Parish grand jury instead indicted Wayne for second-degree murder.

The prosecution was delayed due to a Louisiana Supreme Court order suspending trials due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A gag order is in place on the case, prohibiting the district attorney’s office and Wayne’s defense from commenting.

The trial comes just days after two separate shootings on the GSU campus that resulted in two deaths and several wounded. 

Wayne has pled not guilty and claims Monquiarious Caldwell and Earl Andrews were killed in self-defense. Andrews was also a GSU student. Caldwell was not, but was a friend of Andrews. 

Wayne has been in custody at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center since he surrendered a few days after the shooting.

Jury selection is expected to take two or three days.

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