Posted: Oct 28, 2011 10:39 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Oct 28, 2011 11:00 PM
A former candidate for Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court is accused of trying to hire someone to "rough-up" a campaign worker.
Police arrested Greg Tate last night, charging him with with one count of conspiracy to commit second degree battery.
Just a week ago, Tate was aiming to be the next Clerk of Court but now, he's bonding out of jail and faces one charge of conspiracy to commit battery.
Tate put up a $200-thousand property bond but a judge is also ordering him to check-into a health institute for psychological evaluation before being released.
District Attorney Trent Brignac says the conspiracy charge stems back to an incident on his campaign involving at least one person working for him at the time.
"On Thursday, (Tate) approached an individual and solicited that individual to bring harm to one of his former campaign workers." Brignac says, "that ultimately is the reason he's being charged with solicitation of second degree battery."
The D.A. says the people Tate targeted on his campaign are aware of the situation and are already in contact with Ville Platte Police.
Tate is expected to be back in court for a bond hearing next week.