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Aug 26, 2010 2:11 PM by Melissa Canone

Charges Dropped on Jockque Ewing Randell

A No True Bill for aggravated rape was filed by the Grand Jury, determining that the evidence did not support a criminal charge against Jockque Ewing Randell, 29, Opelousas LA.

On August 24, 2010, the St. Landry Parish Grand Jury reported to and filed the following with the 27th Judicial District Court, Judge Donald Hebert:

1. A No True Bill for aggravated rape was filed by the Grand Jury, determining that the evidence did not support a criminal charge against Jockque Ewing Randell, 29, 8594 Hwy 182 N, Apt 10, Opelousas LA.

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.

 

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