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Sep 13, 2012 6:54 PM by AP

Charges dropped in Felix case

Leon Wilkerson Jr. was in court today, where the state dropped all charges against him in connection with the disappearance of Keiosha Felix.

Wilkerson was at ease inside the courtroom, smiling at his attorney even before the state announced they were dropping all charges against him. Wilkerson's attorney Elliott Brown says the hearing was called to see if there was probable cause to hold Wilkerson, but a judge decided he could go free. Duson Police Chief Frank Andrew and Assistant Chief Gerald Credeur were both present in court. they quickly left once the state dropped the charges.

Inside the courtroom, KATC spoke with the attorneys representing Portia Felix and Patricia Andrus. Both say they haven't heard anything about their clients' charges being dropped, but say the evidence in the case is lacking.

Thomas Alonzo, representing Portia Felix, says, "my client is not involved in the disappearance and that will show at trial." Valex Amos, representing Patricia Andrus, says he's confident charges against his client will also be dropped. He says the case has been based on "hear-say" and calls the arrest affidavit "weak."

In the arrest affidavit, police say Andrus allegedly told police Keiosha complained Wilkerson touched her inappropriately. When asked why Andrus didn't report it, she allegedly said her boyfriend denied the claims, so she left it alone. But Amos says his client didn't know about the alleged rape until police told her. He says, "the Duson Police Department jumped the gun. They needed a more thorough investigation."

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