Vehicular homicide case reset for trial after judge 'couldn't accept' deal

LSP charged Keaton Spurlin with vehicular homicide in death of Alexandria infant. (Source: RPSO)

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - A trial has been set for Keaton Spurlin for May 6 after ad hoc Judge Harry Randow said he "couldn't accept" a plea deal offered to Spurlin in a vehicular homicide case.

Spurlin is charged with vehicular homicide, five counts of misdemeanor vehicular injuring, DWI, open container, careless operation of a vehicle, running a stop sign, and no seat belt. His charges stem from a December 28, 2018 crash that killed 18-month-old Thaddyeus Dixon, Jr. and injured five family members. The Dixon family was on their way home from church when the crash happened on Vandenberg Drive.

Spurlin was all set to enter a guilty plea in the case on Monday morning when Judge Randow, who was filling in for Judge Greg Beard, made it clear he couldn't accept the deal.

"It was though there would be a plea agreement, the terms were not accepted by the court," said Judge Randow. He went on to add, "Simply, the plea agreement I couldn't accept, nor could Judge Beard."

Judge Randow assured the Dixon family that the trial would be first on the list come May.