Dec 13, 2012 3:22 PM by Ian Auzenne
Prosecutors have dropped armed robbery charges against a Breaux Bridge man who says he was wrongfully arrested for armed robbery. The state dismissed the charges against Stephan Barker. Barker spent six months in jail awaiting trial for the crime which he maintained he did not commit. The arresting officer, Raymond Calais, was charged and convicted of perjury and malfeasance in office after he lied in court about how he handled the investigation.
Now that his charges have been dropped, Barker is continuing with his lawsuit against Calais and the Breaux Bridge Police Department. In the suit, Barker claims his civil rights were violated due to, among other issues, Calais' perjury and the department's "concealment of evidence, witness tampering, and fabrication of false evidence." The City of Breaux Bridge and former Police Chief Charles Thibodeaux are also listed as defendants in the case.