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The man who is accused of the 2015 slaying of Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley is scheduled to return to Caddo Parish for trial in June.

Grover Cannon faces one count of first-degree murder in connection to the fatal shooting of the 29-year-old police officer.

He is set to return to district court on June 3 at 2 p.m. for arguments and hearings, and again June 17 at 9:30 a.m. for trial, according to court documents.


Cannon is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of LaValley, who was gunned down while responding to a call in the 3500 block of Del Rio in Shreveport. (Photo: File photo)

The State’s request to move the trial back to Caddo Parish and the issuance of a gag order was also granted.

The gag order prohibits any member of the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, any law enforcement entity or officer with the Shreveport Police Department, any defense counsel for Grover Cannon or any entity associated with the defense to any discussion or dissemination of information about the case to media outlets, bloggers or any similar entity, according to court records.

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The case previously had multiple trial dates set in Caddo Parish between February 2017 and mid-January 2019.

The case was moved to Baton Rouge in January after Shreveport police officer Chatri Payne was killed outside her home, and after it was learned that Cannon’s counsel or persons associated had conducted a “random telephone poll of registered Caddo parish voters” and possibly tampering with the prospective jury pool, according to a motion filed by prosecutors in late April.


Officers from several agencies were on the scene searching for Grover Cannon after he fatally shot Thomas LaValley on Aug. 5. (Photo: Times File Photo)

Because there were no arrests made in the Payne homicide as of Feb. 1, both the prosecutors and the defense agreed to select a jury from another jurisdiction.

It was also ordered that no more random telephone poll of registered Caddo Parish voters were to take place without prior court approval.

After weeks of jury selection in Easton Baton Rouge Parish, the case was remanded back to Caddo District Court.

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Thomas LaValley, Shreveport police officer killed in the line of duty, Aug. 5, 2015. The 27-year-old Shreveport Police Department officer had been with the department four years when he answered a call in the Queensborough neighborhood. Grover Cannon is set to go to trial on Feb. 6 for LaValley's shooting death. (Photo: File/The Times)

LaValley was fatally shot when responding to a family dispute call in the 3500 block of Del Rio Street on Aug. 5, 2015. 

LaValley was the first officer on scene and went inside the residence. He didn't announce that he was looking for Cannon, nor did he clearly announce that he was a police officer, according to previous reports. 

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Grover Cannon was located in a garage behind a duplex on the 3800 block of Jackson Street shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, ending the multi-agency, multi-state manhunt that began the night before. (Photo: Photos by Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times)

MORE: Timeline: Cannon's interaction with law enforcement

Emily Enfinger is the breaking news reporter for The Shreveport Times, covering crime and court. Follow her on Twitter at @EmilyEnfinger. To email, click here.

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