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Jul 26, 2014 10:24 PM by AP

Ex-cop's trial won't be moved out of Many

MANY, La. (AP) - The trial of a former Natchitoches police officer charged in the kidnapping and fatal beating of a Sabine Parish man will not be moved from the 11th Judicial District Court in Many.

The Times of Shreveport reports that District Judge Stephen Beasley has rejected a defense motion that said Sabine Parish is the wrong jurisdiction to try 34-year-old Robert Barthelemy.

Barthelemy is scheduled for trial on Jan. 19. He's charged with first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and home invasion in the Aug. 20 death of 24-year-old Tony Procell of Many.

Sabine Parish sheriff's investigators say Barthelemy, a two-year employee of the Natchitoches Police Department, kidnapped Procell from his Many home, drove him to woods in Winn Parish then killed him.

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