Peggy Valentine Wiki – Peggy Valentine Biography
Peggy Valentine, 44, was convicted by a jury Monday of first-degree attempted home invasion (battery) stemming from a May 2022 incident in which she was found breaking into the other girlfriend’s home. of her fiancé and stabbing the woman during a fight. Valentine’s attorney claimed that she was visiting on a friendly basis with the other woman, who had recently given birth to a child with Valentine’s fiancé. “When she found out about the baby, she went to the house with a relative and brought him some clothes,” attorney David Belfield III said, according to WAFB. “In his opinion, they are still trying to resolve the relationship.” Prosecutors argued that Valentine broke into the house and attacked the woman while she was sleeping in bed, according to WAFB, but her attorney denies that theory. “There were no signs of forced entry, no broken doors, no broken windows. Someone had to open the door,” Belfield III said according to WAFB. After the fight took place, Valentine called her pastor, a major with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, who told her she should talk to investigators.
Peggy Valentine is 44 years old.
Valentine voluntarily spoke to the officers because she felt she had only defended herself, Belfield said, but she requested to speak with the clergyman when she felt she was being questioned. “It was obvious that Peggy had been questioned for a moment. She was very, very distraught at the time. She stopped talking to him, shut down and demanded to speak to her pastor,” Belfield said. Valentine opened up to her pastor while a sheriff’s deputy remained in the room, and allegedly admitted that she went to the house to find her fiancé with the other woman. Belfield argued before the judge that the conversation Valentine had with the pastor should be removed from the record because of the “pastor’s privilege,” adding that he never made it clear to Valentine that he was acting as a law enforcement official and not as a religious leader. “Are you working as a pastor or deputy? He never told her, ‘Peggy, you have to be careful what you say because I work as a police officer.’ What you say will be used against you,’” Belfield said. He then argued that the other deputy was not supposed to be in the room during the conversation.
“You wouldn’t sit in the room while she talked to her attorney, so why would you sit in the room talking to her pastor?” Belfield also argued that there are three components to determining pastoral privilege, which is defined as “clergy privilege” in American courts. “Communication must be carried out either as a formal act of religion or as a matter of conscience; (2) must be made to a clergyman in his capacity as spiritual advisor or to his assistant in his official capacity; and (3) the communication must be intended to be confidential)” The judge ruled that because the other deputy was in the room, the conversation could not be classified as confidential and then allowed the jury to hear the confession several times. “In the case of first-degree murder, specific intent must be demonstrated. She went there to check if her man was there. There was no specific intent to murder,” Belfield argued. “If you can’t trust your pastor today, who can you trust?” Valentine is being held at the Ascension Parish Jail awaiting a pre-sentencing hearing on December 30 and will be sentenced in February 2024.