Prairieville Man Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder

Published 10:07 am Monday, July 18, 2022

On July 14, 2022 an Ascension Parish Jury found Donovan Darville of 39248 Germany Rd. Prairieville, LA., age 32, guilty as charged of 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the 2017 shooting death of 27-year-old Clarence Harvey, also of Prairieville. Darville was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Leila Braswell, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets.

          On April 18, 2017, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a Prairieville residence in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located Clarence Harvey suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his body. Harvey was pronounced deceased on scene. Detectives processed the scene and interviewed multiple witnesses. Detectives quickly identified Donovan Darville as the shooter. Detectives learned that Darville and Harvey had an argument sometime before the day of the shooting. Darville arrived on the scene and made contact with Harvey. Darville then fired multiple gunshots into Harvey’s direction. Darville then fled the area. Darville was subsequently apprehended and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

          Upon the jury rendering a guilty verdict in this matter, sentencing was deferred to a later date. It should be noted that the charge of 2nd Degree Murder carries a mandatory life sentence. Sentencing is tentatively set for September 12, 2022.

 Submitted by Public Information Officer Tyler Cavalier for 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky L. Babin.