Posted: Oct 30, 2009 1:14 PM by sleonard
From: Earl Taylor, District Attorney
OPELOUSAS, LA- The St. Landry Parish Grand Jury reported to and filed the following with the 27th Judicial District Court, Judge Ellis Daigle presiding:
1. A True Bill (indictment) was filed against Calvin James Catalon, 30, Meche Road, Arnaudville, LA., for two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count aggravated burglary. The sentence for a person convicted of aggravated kidnapping is life imprisonment without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
Whoever commits the crime of aggravated burglary shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than thirty years.
An indictment (True Bill) is a formal charge by a Grand Jury for the crimes indicated. A Grand Jury consists of twelve residents, with two alternates, who are empanelled by the 27th Judicial District Court. By Louisiana law, the DA's office is prohibited from commenting on the evidence presented to the Grand Jury. Specifically Code of Criminal Procedure Article 434, requires that "...members of the grand jury, and all other persons having confidential access to information concerning grand jury proceedings, shall keep secret the testimony of witnesses and all other matters occurring at, or directly connected with, a meeting of the grand jury..." For this reason there is never a discussion about the evidence upon which the Grand Jury based it findings.