Jury: Beating not attempted murder

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Attempted first-degree murder was alleged, but attempted voluntary manslaughter was the verdict Friday evening from a Marshall County jury in the case of a man who kicked and stomped his father's girlfriend so badly that she had to have a hip replacement.

John Patrick Vigneau, 37, who's recently been living with a preacher in East Tennessee, was also convicted in the case of aggravated assault against Jacqueline Allen, 55. She's been living with Vigneau's father, Vincent, for more than a decade on 20 acres along Finley Beech Road.

Lawyers say the property is at the crux of conflict that led to the crime.

Allen testified on Thursday that Vincent Vigneau recently made Allen an heir to the property by placing her name on his land records registered with the county. While she said she didn't want that right of survivorship, Assistant District Attorney Eddie Barnard told the jury in closing arguments that John Vigneau was "obviously upset" about it.

The deed was mentioned by the defendant in a phone call to his victim's brother-in-law, Lee Fleming, about three months before the...for the rest of the story pick up a copy of the Marshall County Tribune.