High Profile Cases
August 20, 2014:
State v Reginald Williams --- 1st Degree Murder for the death of Carlos Jenkins
State v Joseph M. Kurz - Aggravated Rape and Indecent Behavior with Juveniles.
The Grand Jury also had 1 no true bill.
The Grand Jury of Caddo Parish returned Indictments on:
State v Chevis Carter --- 2nd Degree Murder and Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
State v Travion Balthazar - Aggravated Rape
State v Christopher McCauley. - 2nd Degree Murder
May 15, 2014
The Grand Jury of Caddo Parish returned indictments on the following: State v Anton Cooley - 2nd Degree Murder; State v James H. Montgomery, 2nd Degree Murder; State v Larry Thompson, Sr., 2nd Degree Murder
The Grand Jury of Caddo Parish returned an indictment on the following case on April 21, 2014: 14-1540 State v Jimmy Lee Carthren, Aggravated Rape
The Grand Jury returned 3 true bills for January 2014: 13-6659 State v Javonte Sanders - 1st Degree Murder; 13-6390 State v Brandon Thomas - 1 count Aggravated Rape & 1 count 2nd Degree Kidnapping; 13-6667 State v Paul Watkins - Aggravated Rape
Bobby Charles Byrd (d.o.b. 2-1-73) of Minden was found guilty by a Caddo Parish jury of aggravated flight from an officer and prosecutors plan to seek a multiple offender status against Byrd. Byrd was convicted for leading Shreveport police officers on a high speed chase through the city and into Bossier City in July, 2011. After the chase, Byrd abandoned his vehicle and jumped into the Red River in an attempt to elude capture. He was pulled from the river and arrested. Judge Ramona Emanuel presided over the case; Caddo Parish ADAs Aaron Crawford and Treneisha Jackson successfully prosecuted.
A Caddo Parish jury convicted two Shreveport men of second degree murder for the April, 2009 shooting death of a teenager who died when shots were fired into a crowd. Joshua D. Brooks (d.o.b. 8-28-92) and Paul Anthony Jones (d.o.b. 11-30-92) were found guilty for the death of Terrell Savore who was killed in the 1900 block of Patzman. Jurors deliberated just over an hour before returning their verdict to end the two-day trial. Judge Joseph Bleich sentenced Brooks and Jones to 60 years each in prison at hard labor. Caddo ADAs Dale Cox and Sarah Midboe prosecuted the case.
Deangilo L. White (d.o.b. 12-25-90) was convicted of manslaughter for the June, 2009 shooting death of Kevin Powell following a fight outside a residence in the 700 block of Bringhurst. Jurors deliberated just under an hour before returning their verdict. Caddo Parish Judge Craig Marcotte sentenced White to 40 years in prison at hard labor. Prosecutors on the case were ADAs Dale Cox and Sarah Midboe.
A Shreveport man who investigators say is a major drug supplier in northwest Louisiana will spend the rest of his life behind bars following his sentencing in Caddo Parish District Court. Waco Collins Jr. (d.o.b. 6-9-77) received three life terms in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation on three separate drug related charges: possession of cocaine over 400 grams, distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Sch. II (cocaine) and conspiracy to distribute CDS Sch. II (cocaine). Judge Craig Marcotte, who also ruled Collins a fourth felony offender, ordered the sentences to be served concurrently. Collins had entered guilty pleas to the charges in 2012 rather than face a jury trial. Assistant District Attorney Jason Brown prosecuted the case.
Beverly Suzanne Arthur (d.o.b. 7-30-68) entered a guilty plea to second degree murder for the July, 2007 murder of an 87-year-old Shreveport man and will spend the rest of her life in prison. Arthur was sentenced to life in prison without benefit of probation, parole or suspension by Judge Ramona Emanuel for the death of Charles Martin. Arthur's co-defendant in the case, Eric Dale Mickelson (d.o.b. 3-3-69) is currently sitting on death row at Angola. Mickelson was found guilty of first degree murder in August, 2011 by a Caddo Parish jury which also voted to impose the death penalty. ADA Bill Edwards successfully prosecuted both cases.
Linda Kate Passaniti (d.o.b. 7-1-55) was convicted on five counts relating to the 2010 murder-for-hire of Ernest Luttrell. Jurors concluded the nearly two-week trial by returning the verdicts in just over an hour and a half. Judge John Mosely sentenced Passaniti to life in prison without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence for principal to second degree murder; 30 years in prison at hard labor for conspiracy to commit second degree murder, and to 10 years each on three counts of forgery. ADAs Laura Fulco and Dale Cox successfully prosecuted the case.
A Caddo Parish jury convicted a Bossier City man of manslaughter for the August, 2011 shooting death of a Shreveport man on a city street. Erik Mack (d.o.b. 7-23-91) was found guilty after four hours of deliberations. Mack was convicted of firing the fatal shots into the vehicle of Demario Scott while the two men were driving near the intersection of Hearne Ave. and Milam St. ADAs Bill Edwards and Jason Brown successfully prosecuted the case.
Indictments handed down by Caddo Parish grand juries in 2013
Randy Anderson, indicted for second degree murder; Stacey Blount-Juneau, indicted for first degree murder.
Joseph Butler, indicted for second degree murder; Jerry Rogers, indicted for aggravated rape.
Kevin Smith, indicted for second degree murder; Robert Farris, indicted on two counts second degree murder.
Almetric Curry, indicted on one count negligent homicide.
Sir'Detrick Samuels, indicted for aggravated rape.
Andrew Levell Smith, indicted for second degree murder; Donnie Baker, Jr., indicted for aggravated kidnapping and carjacking; Christopher Jerome Ware, indicted for aggravated rape.
Fredrick Gipson, indicted for second degree murder, three counts obstruction of justice and attempted distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substance Sch. I.
The Grand Jury returned 2 true bills:13-3741 State v Tarika Wilson --- 1st DEGREE MURDER of R.M.; 13-4620 State v Tommy Lee Wilson --- 1st DEGREE MURDER (3 Counts)-Irene Ellison, Carison Ellison, Bryan Wilson
The Grand Jury returned 2 true bills:
13-5168 State v RACO ALLEN--- 2ND DEGREE MURDER of JACOBY TAYLOR.
13-5096 State v ANTHONY LARKINS --- AGGRAVATED RAPE
The Grand Jury of Caddo Parish returned Indictment on the following case: State v Breonne Whitaker - 2nd Degree Murder of Frederick Henderson
Richard A. "Rick" Seaton Jr. (d.o.b. 9-23-67) was found guilty by Judge Ramona Emanuel following a bench trial of forcible rape and abuse of office. Seaton was sentenced to three years in prison on each count and ordered to serve the sentences concurrently. ADAs Bill Edwards and Hugo Holland prosecuted the case.
Willie B. EVans (d.o.b. 11-3-53) was convicted by a Caddo Parish jury of aggravated rape and was sentenced to life in prison at hard labor. ADA Geya Prudhomme prosecuted the case.
Tina Marie Vanmoerkerque (d.o.b. 6-21-66) entered a guilty plea to second degree murder for the shooting death of Ernest Luttrell. She was sentenced to life in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. ADAs Laura Fulco and Dale Cox prosecuted the case.
Grady Earl Thornton (d.o.b. 8-9-89) convicted by a Caddo Parish jury of second degree murder for the death of his three-month-old son. Thornton was sentenced to life in prison at hard labor without benefit of parole, suspension of sentence or probation. ADA Geya Prudhomme prosecuted the case.
Andre Deon Davis (d.o.b. 6-2-76) entered a guilty plea to attempted armed robbery and was sentenced to 49 and one half years in prison at hard labor without benefit of parole. ADA Laura Fulco prosecuted the case.
Robert Glen Coleman (d.o.b. 7-5-69) was found guilty by a Caddo Parish jury of first degree murder for the January, 2003 death of retired pastor Julian Brandon. Coleman was sentenced to death on recommendation of the jury. This was the second conviction on the crime for Coleman. The state supreme court ordered a new trial after citing an error in jury selection for the first trial. ADAs Brady O'Callaghan, Dale Cox and Lea Hall prosecuted.
Dion Laonadre Lewis (d.o.b. 4-12-78) was found guilty by a Caddo Parish jury of second degree murder. Lewis was sentenced to life in prison at hard labor. ADA Dhu Thompson prosecuted the case.
Robert James Washington (d.o.b. 9-2-75) entered a guilty plea to forcible rape as jury selection was continuing for his trial. WAshington also pled guilty fo one count of second degree kidnapping. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison at hard labor on each count. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Joshua Parker (d.o.b. 6-2-89) was convicted by a Caddo Parish jury of second degree murder for the shooting death of Philip Livigni on the grounds of a Shreveport elementary school. School was not in session at the time of the shooting. Parker was sentenced to life in prison at hard labor without benefit of parole. ADA Brady O'Callaghan prosecuted the case.
Samuel Lee Jordan (d.o.b. 5-30-87) was found guilty by a Caddo Parish jury of first degree murder for the murder of his eight-week-old child. Jordan was sentenced to life in prison at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. ADAs Brady O'Callaghan, Dale Cox and Sarah Midboe prosecuted.
Eddie L. Jackson (d.o.b. 8-10-70) was convicted by a Caddo Parish jury of second degree kidnapping and simple arson. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison at hard labor on the kidnapping charge; 10 years in prison at hard labor for arson. The sentences were ordered served concurrently. ADAs Bill Edwards and Dhu Thompson prosecuted.
Christopher Brian Cope (d.o.b. 10-6-86) was found guilty by a Caddo Parish jury of first degree murder for the shooting death of Shreveport Police Sgt. Timothy Prunty. He was sentenced to life in prison at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. ADAs Brady O'Callaghan and Dale Cox prosecuted the case.
Jasmond Osborne (d.o.b. 8-7-86) entered a guilty plea during jury selection rather than stand trial for attempted murder of a police officer. Osborne was sentenced to 30 years in prison at hard labor. ADA Dhu Thompson prosecuted the case.
Demarcus Cartez Jones (d.o.b. 5-5-72) was found guilty by a Caddo Parish jury of second degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. ADA Geya Prudhomme prosecuted the case.
Patrick Price Williams (d.o.b.12-11-67) and Jacqueline Renea Williams (d.o.b. 11-26-64) each entered guilty pleas to multiple counts of molestation of a juvenile. Patrick Williams pled guilty to nine counts and received a total of 150 years in prison at hard labor when Judge Scott Crichton ordered the sentences on each count served consecutively. Jacqueline Williams pled guilty to four counts and was sentenced to 10 years in prison at hard labor. ADA Geya Williams prosecuted the cases.
Everett Charles Wills (d.o.b. 5-5-74) was found guilty of second degree murder and was sentenced by Judge Ramona Emanuel to life in prison at hard labor. ADA Bill Edwards prosecuted the case.
On November 3rd Jerome Bryant, Jr. was found guilty as charged in a bench trial of aggravated burglary and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Bryant kicked in the door of a Broadmoor area home and fired two shots at the homeowner. Police later located the vehicle the defendant was traveling in and when the defendant saw the police approaching he ran off and hid in a doghouse down the street, where the defendant was later located by an angry SPD K9. Jacob Broussard and Scott Brady are the prosecutors. Jacob plans on charging Bryant as an habitual offender.
On September 29th Satonia Small was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. This sentence follows Smalls' conviction on August 26th by a unanimous jury for the offense of second degree murder of Smalls' 6 year old daughter. Smalls left the victim and her 7 year old son at home alone while Smalls went to a party. While Smalls was gone a fire started on the kitchen stovetop, eventually engulfing the building in flames. Smalls' son was able to escape the inferno by jumping from a second story window. The victim was trapped in the apartment where she suffered massive brain damage due to smoke inhalation. The victim died at the hospital. At the time of the offense Small was on probation in Shreveport city court for the offense of criminal abandonment, a conviction that was the result of Small leaving the same two children home alone causing a neighbor to call the police after seeing the children unattended outside in 28 degree weather. During sentencing at city court Small told the court she had "learned a valuable lesson" and that she would never again leave her children home alone. SPD investigated. The prosecutors are Ben Langford and Dhu Thompson.
On September 21st Brian Holman was convicted before a judge for the offense of indecent behavior with a juvenile. SPD investigated. Jacob Broussard prosecuted. Due to Holman's record Jacob will seek to have Holman adjudicated a habitual offender and sentenced to life in prison.
On September 17th a jury deliberated 45 minutes after hearing a week long trial and unanimously convicted Shannon Dennis of second degree murder. Dennis shot the victim 11 times with an assault rifle, killing the victim. SPD investigated. Dennis will be sentenced to the mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole. The prosecutors are Laura Fulco and Jacob Broussard.
On August 25th John Henry Campbell was convicted by a jury of aggravated second degree battery for burning his then girlfriend on numerous places with a hot iron. SPD investigated. The prosecutors are Brady O'Callaghan and Kodie Smtih.
On July 19th Chelsea Harrison was found guilty as charged of aggravated 2nd degree battery after a trial before a judge. The defendant threw a three pound weight through the windshield of a car striking the victim in the face causing several broken bones. The defendant and the victim were engaged in an ongoing dispute over beer. Chelsea Harrison was ordered to jail to await sentence on August 9th. Jacob Broussard is prosecuting.
On May 14th, 2010 a jury convicted Michael White for the offense of second degree battery. The defendant stabbed the victim in the back with a knife. SPD investigated. The prosecutors are Sarah Midboe and Aaron Crawford. Sarah will seek to have the defendant adjudicated a habitual offender and the defendant could receive a life sentence.
On May 13th, 2010 a unanimous jury convicted David Shoupe of DWI 4th offense after approximately five minutes of deliberation. The defendant crashed his vehicle into two parked cars at around 2 A.M. in the Highland area on the night in question. The defendant attenpted to leave the scene on foot but was apprehended by SPD. The defendant smelled of booze but denied drinking, stating instead that he was taking the drugs Lortab, Xanax and Soma, all of which he had prescriptions for. The defendant refused to take a breath test after being given the opportunity to do so. The prosecutors are Jacob Broussard and Kenya Ellis.
On May 5th a judge convicted Sharon Mudd of manslaughter. The defendant stabbed the victim to death. SPD investigated. Prosecutors are Geya Prudhomme and Jordan Bird.
On April 30th a judge convicted Charles Morgan of attempted 2nd degree murder. Morgan and two others shot the victim 5 times in the victim's driveway. The shooting arose out of an altercation between Morgan's cousin and the victim at the Club Disco 9000 on Hollywood. The shooters weapons of choice were a 9mm handgun, an AK-47 and a 12 gauge shotgun. SPD investigated. Jacob Broussard and Kenya Ellis prosecuted.
On April 29th a jury convicted Garrett Barton of false personation of a peace officer, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, and simple escape. Barton, who is not a peace officer, was convicted for driving around in a fake police car, displaying a fake police badge, demanding to see driver's licenses, and threatening arrest if his orders were no complied with. Barton, in his fake police costume, made an unauthorized entry into an apartment where a female occupant of the apartment was in the shower. After inquiring of her if she was alright Barton left. SPD investigated. After handcuffing Barton and putting him in a real police car Barton escaped. He was apprehended later that night, still handcuffed, trying to enter his own apartment. ben Langford and Kodie Smith prosecuted.
On April 16th Larry Lewis was convicted by a unanimous jury of possession of over 28 grams of cocaine. SPD officer searched a residence and located scales, plastic baggies for packaging, latex gloves for crack cooking, a large amount of cash, and over 75 grams of cocaine. Larry Lewis, who was at the residence at the time of the search, admitted to police that he was a dope dealer. Prosecutors Jason Brown and Dhu Thompson will seek to have Lewis adjudicated a habitual offender and sentenced to life in prison.
On March 11th a unanimous jury convicted Barney Noel Holt III of possession of over 28 grams of methamphetamine(hereinafter referred to as meth). Undercover agents of the joint SPD/CPSO narcotics task force purchased a large amount of meth from Holt. While executing a search warrant at Holt’s residence agents found a loaded syringe of meth behind Holt’s ear and a much larger quantity of meth hidden at the residence. Holt, who was previously convicted for having a meth lab, faces a mandatory life sentence. Jason Brown is prosecuting.
On Feb. 18th a jury convicted James Baker of molestation of a juvenile after a trial that spread over two weeks. The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office had investigated the case. The prosecutors are Karelia Stewart and Geya Prudhomme.
A Caddo parish jury deliberated for less than 15 minutes before returning a guilty verdict in the second degree murder trial of Lisa Robinson. Robinson was convicted for the stabbing of Barksdale airman Richard England in the Haystack Apartments on October 29, 2007. The case was prosecuted by Brady O’Callaghan and Kodie Smith. Robinson entered the apartment where England was staying through a window after having been kicked out the night before for using his girlfriend’s credit card. SPD investigated.
On February 10, 2010 a jury convicted Broderick Brooks of second degree murder. The trial lasted eight days, however the jury came to a decision in only 24 minutes. Brooks was involved in a drive by shooting during which the victim was killed. SPD investigated. William Edwards and Sarah Midboe are the prosecutors. Brooks is facing a mandatory life sentence at hard labor without hope of parole.
On February 2nd a jury convicted Timothy Cummings of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. After conducting an undercover purchase of crack cocaine from the defendant, agents executed a search warrant at the Levingston Motel, locating a large quantity of crack cocaine, scales, and baggies. The defendant confessed that he is a member of the bottoms boyz gang and had been released from prison three months before this arrest. Cummings began to sell narcotics again about a month before this arrest. Cummings stated he had previously sold narcotics in the '90's. SPD & CPSO investigatged. Jason Brown and Dhu Thompson are the prosecutors. Cummings disappeared during the trial. The trial went on without him. If he is ever caught Cummings is looking at a life sentence.
On January 27th a judge convicted Eric Baulkman of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. SPD officers, seeking the defendant on a warrant, spotted the defendant in front of an abandoned house. The defendant ran leaving his custom painted Caprice at the scene. Detectives found a large amount of marijuana in the trunk of the car. Baulkman's fingerprints were found on a plastic bag of narcotics. Jason Brown is the prosecutor and will seek to have Baulkman adjudicated a habitual offender and therefore facing up to 60 years.
On January 15th a jury convicted Eddie Johnson, Jr. of two counts of aggravated rape. The two victims were eleven year old boys who lived in the defendant's neighborhood. The defendant would bribe the children with money and video games to let him perform oral sexual intercourse upon the victims. The defendant was arrested for this offense in Georgia where he was stationed as a member of the United States Army. SPD investigated. The prosecutors are William J. Edwards and Sarah Midboe.
On Dec.1st Ronald Anderson was convicted by a jury of DWI third offense. Anderson was stopped by SPD in downtown Shreveport for crossing lane lines. Anderson had a strong odor of alcohol about him. Kodie Smith prosecuted, assisted by Brady O’Callaghan.
On Nov. 17th a jury convicted Felton Dukes of possession of MDMA aka “ecstasy” or “X” and distribution of cocaine. An Undercover narcotics task force agent sold Dukes 15 “ecstasy” or “X” tablets and purchased from Dukes 5 rocks of crack cocaine weighing 2.9 grams. When Dukes was taken into custody he had the two 20 dollar bills the undercover agent gave him for the crack cocaine. Prosecutors Jason Brown and Dhu Thompson will seek to have Dukes adjudicated a habitual offender and sentenced to life in prison.
On Nov. 19th Clydell Cummings was convicted by a jury for the offense of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. The narcotics task force executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Pete Harris street at the Levingston apartments room no. 25. During the execution of the search warrant Cummings jumped out the back window of the apartment, but was soon thereafter caught. Recovered from the apartment were 142 plastic bags containing 17.31 grams of cocaine, one plastic bag containing .36 grams of cocaine, one plastic bag containing 7.69 grams of cocaine, and three plastic bags containing .12 grams of cocaine. $1,054 in cash was seized from Cummings. Prosecutors Jason Brown and Dhu Thompson will seek to have Cummings adjudicated a habitual offender and sentenced to life in prison.
On November 5th a jury convicted Kenneth Palmer of second degree murder. Palmer emptied his .357 magnum Ruger revolver, Security-Six model, into the victim and a second person who lived through the shooting. Two bullets fired by the aforementioned .357 magnum Ruger revolver, Security-Six model, were removed from the body of the dead victim at the autopsy. A .45 caliber Hi-Point pistol, JHP model with nine unfired .45 caliber rounds was recovered from the deceased. The lawyer for Palmer argued self defense, but the jury disagreed. SPD made the case. Laura Fulco and Jacob Broussard prosecuted. Palmer will be sentenced later to mandatory life imprisonment at hard labor with no parole.
On November 5th a jury took less than an hour to find Anthony Day unanimously guilty as charged of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Day pled guilty to possession of schedule II in 2002. Narcotics agents executing a search warrant at defendant's residence located a chrome colored Bryco/Jennings 9mm semi-automatic handgun. The gun was loaded, and had a live round in the chamber. Post-Miranda, defendant stated the gun belonged to his girlfriend, Eisha Madison, but confessed to firing the weapon into the air on New Year's 2007. Photographs of defendant posing with the firearm and throwing gang signs were also introduced into evidence. Defendant's girlfriend testified that she knew for a fact that Day did not fire the weapon on New Years because they were both at KOKOPELLI'S night club that night, and she had left the gun at home. SPD made the case. Kodie Smith and Ben Langford prosecuted.
On November 3rd a jury unanimously convicted Deterrious Blackson of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The firearm in question was a Remington 870 model sawed off shotgun with a pistol grip that was duck taped. The shotgun had a spent cartridge in the chamber and four live rounds in the magazine. Blackson's prior felony was possession of cocaine. The minimum sentence Blackson is looking at is 10 years at hard labor without parole. The maximum sentence is 15 years at hard labor with no parole. SPD made the case. Ben Langford and Kodie Smith prosecuted.
On October 26th a jury convicted Nelson Youngblood of second degree murder. Youngblood was convicted for the murder of a Houston woman who had come to Shreveport to sell Youngblood a large quantity of marijuana. SPD investigated. Bill Edwards and Sarah Midboe prosecuted.
On October 26th a jury convicted Thomas Horn of second degree murder. The jury was unanimous in their decision even though the law does not require a unanimous verdict in a second degree murder trial. The jury convicted Horn of shooting the victim twice in the head. SPD investigated. Dhu Thompson and Geya Prudhomme prosecuted.
On October 22nd a jury convicted Bruce Robinson, Jr. of two counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of felony theft. The case was made by the joint SPD/CPSO narcotics task force. Jason Brown and Damon Kervin prosecuted.
On October 8th a jury convicted Bruce Lee Goss of molestation of a juvenile after 35 minutes of deliberation. The trial was in its second week. The jury convicted Goss of molesting a 13 year old victim. SPD investigated. Geya Prudhomme was the lead prosecutor and was assisted by Dhu Thompson.
On October 1st a jury convicted Darren Nickles of distribution of cocaine. All 12 jurors agreed he was guilty of selling cocaine to undercover SPD officers. Jason Brown and Damon Kervin prosecuted. Jason will seek to have Nickles sentenced as a multiple offender which would increase the sentencing range to 20 to life.
On September 18th a jury convicted Brian Garner of second degree murder after a week long trial. Garner shot the victim 5 times and killed her. SPD investigated. Laura Fulco and Jacob Broussard prosecuted.
On September 16th a jury convicted 69 year old Willie Sigers of robbing an 80 year old victim at County Market on Hearne Ave. SPD investigated. Ben Langford prosecuted and was assisted by Kodie Smith. Ben charged Sigers with being an habitual offender immediately after the verdict was returned.
On August 28th Jimmy Ray White was convicted of manslaughter by a jury. White ran over with a car and killed a Byrd high school student who was acting as a good Samaritan for a stranded motorist on the side of the road. White dumped the body several blocks away and appeared to have been drinking. After a week long trial the jury returned a guilty as charged verdict in 20 minutes. SPD investigated. Bill Edwards and Sarah Midboe procecuted.
On August 28th a jury convicted Corenza Kelly of second degree murder. Kelly shot in the head and killed the owner of a business Kelly was robbing at gunpoint. SPD investigated. Ben Langford was lead prosecutor and Brady O'Callaghan assisted.
On August 10th Iisha Scott was convicted by a judge of felony theft over $500. Scott committed an internal theft at Target of approximately $12,000. CPSO investigated. Jacob Broussard and Aaron Crawford prosecuted.
A Caddo Parish jury convicted Robert Wyatt of Aggravated Battery on July 21, 2009, for a domestic altercation last September during which he struck a woman with a NASCAR commemorative mug, smashing the mug and injuring the victim. The case was prosecuted by Kodie Smith and Ben Langford.
On July 22nd John Edward Marshall was convicted by a jury of distribution of cocaine. SPD made the case during an undercover operation in the Cedar Grove area of Shreveport. Jason Brown prosecuted and is seeking to have Marshall declared an habitual offender and therefore subject to a life sentence.
On July 13th a jury convicted Steve Roberts of DWI 4th offense. Roberts drove his pick-up truck in to the kitchen of a citizen minding his own business around midnight on the night of the arrest. SPD made the case, Ben Bleich and Sarah Midboe prosecuted.
On July 9th Lucien Trammel was convicted by a jury of attempted first degree murder of a Shreveport police officer. Trammel shot the officer in the face after the officer had approached Trammel while conducting an investigation of some neighborhood burglaries. Dhu Thompson and Geya Prudhomme prosecuted.
Also on July 9th, Marcus James Anderson was convicted by a judge for the offense of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and illegal carrying of a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance. SPD & CPSO officers stopped the defendant for loud music. The defendant had a one pound brick of marijuana under the seat and a .38 revolver in the glove box. Jason Brown prosecuted.
Around 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 20th, a jury convicted Donald J. Aaron for the offense of negligent homicide. The defendant shot and killed a man on the street the defendant lived on. Laura Fulco and Jacob Broussard prosecuted.
A Caddo Parish jury took one hour to return a sentence of death for defendant Felton Dorsey on May 28, 2009. Dorsey was convicted of first degree murder in the beating death of retired Caddo fire Captain Joe Prock. Prock interrupted Dorsey and another man, Randy Wilson, while they were robbing the home of his 79 year old mother. Joe Prock was bound and beaten, and he and his mother were left to die in a house fire set by the men. The case was prosecuted by Brady O'Callaghan and Dhu Thompson, and was investigated by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.
On May 21st Delvin Jerome Law was convicted by a jury for the offense of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. A unanimous verdict was returned in seven minutes. Law was found in a rental car next to a crack house in a high crime area at two a.m. SPD & CPSO officers searched the car and found crack and a 357 semi-automatic pistol. Jason Brown and Damon Kervin prosecuted.
On March 23rd a jury convicted Lynette Blow of two counts of solicitation of murder. The defendant attempted to hire two guys to kill her husband for $5,000 down and $5,000 after completion of the job. Both of the individuals declined the job and testified at the trial. CPSO investigated. Jacob Broussard was lead prosecutor and was assisted by Laura Fulco.
On March 19th a jury unanimously convicted Rodney Johnson of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. SPD and CPSO joint narcotics task force agents were conducting a city wide search for drug dealers when they came upon this defendant in possession of 24 packages of cocaine. The defendant told the agents he was holding the narcotics for some one else. Since the defendant has prior convictions for vehicular homicide and attempted distribution of cocaine lead prosecutor Damon Kervin will seek to have the defendant sentenced to life in prison. Jason Brown assisted in the prosecution.
Also on March 19th a jury convicted Johnathan Givens of manslaughter for the killing of a 20 month old in his care. SPD investigated. Bill Edwards and Sarah Midboe prosecuted.
On March 11, 2009 Jessie James Williams was found guilty as charged of attempted second degree murder by a jury which returned a unanimous verdict. The defendant slashed the victim’s throat with a shard of glass in an attack in an abandoned house in Shreveport. SPD investigated. The defendant has previously been convicted of forcible rape, for which offense he was paroled less than five months before committing the instant offense. Lead prosecutor Ben Langford immediately filed a second felony habitual offender charge. If the court finds the defendant an habitual offender, the defendant faces a minimum 25 years to a maximum 100 years at hard labor without benefit of parole. Kodie Smith assisted in the prosecution.
On Feb. 26th Rodney E. Fikes was convicted before a judge of distribution of cocaine. SPD & CPSO narcotics agents were conducting a city wide buy operation when this defendant contacted an undercover agent and sold the agent crack cocaine. Prosecutor Jason Brown is proceeding against the defendant as an habitual offender. If Brown is successful Fikes will receive a life sentence.
On Feb. 13th a jury convicted James Mitchell of manufacturing a schedule two controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine (meth). Mitchell was arrested by officers of the CPSO narcotics task force at a house where meth residue was found. A car in the driveway had a mobile meth lab in the trunk, in which meth was in the process of being manufactured, along with Mitchell’s social security card and a credit card application for Mitchell. During the trial’s second day Mitchell failed to return from the noon recess. The trial continued without Mitchell. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Prosecutor Jason Brown charged Mitchell with being an habitual offender right after the verdict which could result in Mitchell receiving a life sentence once he is caught. Damon Kervin also prosecuted.
On Feb.11 Lloyd Bobo,Jr. was convicted by a jury of the offences of possession of marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy all with intent to distribute. SPD officers made a traffic stop in the Cedar Grove area because Mr.Bobo failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, failed to employ the turn signal when making a turn, and was speeding. While conducting the stop the officers learned Mr. Bobo had a warrant out for his arrest. After transporting Mr. Bobo to the police station and removing Mr. Bobo from the police car, officers discovered approximately a quarter ounce of marijuana, 14 grams of cocaine(13 of crack and 1 of powder) and 90 hits of ecstasy, that were not in the back seat of the police car when Mr.Bobbo was placed there after his arrest . Police also recovered $1700 in cash from Mr. Bobo’s person. Jason Brown prosecuted.
Mario Stewart was found guilty of second degree murder on January 20, 2009, after the jury deliberated only 40 minutes. On Christmas Eve of 2003, Caddo Parish sheriff’s deputies and Fire District 1 personnel responded to a citizen’s call that they had heard gunshots and found a man on a country road in North Caddo Parish. The victim, Curtis Ewing, told first responders that “Mario” had shot him before being transported to LSUMC, where he died soon thereafter from multiple gunshot wounds. CPSO investigation revealed that the victim was last seen in the company of the defendant and one Drexel Tolliver, who testified that the defendant had killed the victim for money. Brady O’Callaghan and Ben Langford prosecuted.