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  • Man seeks delay bribery scheme trial

    February 4, 2014 7:23 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette private investigator who allegedly orchestrated a bribery scheme to get favorable treatment for DWI defendants in the local court system is asking a federal judge to push back his scheduled March 10 trial. Five others, including three former employees of the 15th Judicial District... more »
  • Trial postponed for man in child rape case

    December 10, 2013 7:04 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The felony trial for a 29-year-old Carencro man has been continued until next year. Authorities say Conwell Cormier was indicted June 5 on charges of aggravated rape and intentionally exposing the victim to the AIDS virus. The victim was under the age of 5 years old... more »
  • Seth Fontenot Pre-trial Begins Tomorrow

    August 28, 2013 7:49 PM

    Seth Fontenot will be back in court tomorrow morning for a pre-trial hearing. Fontenot is accused of killing 15-year-old Austin Rivault and injuring two other teens after shooting at their vehicle. He's facing charges of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder. Tomorrow, both... more »
  • Trial delay in 'legally dead' kidnapping case

    June 25, 2013 9:03 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A judge says he is postponing the trial of a man who disappeared and was declared dead, only to resurface years later as a suspect in the slayings of his girlfriend and her daughter, because federal budget cuts are hampering the publicly funded defense team. U.S.... more »
  • Trial postponed for alleged N.O. drug ring members

    May 23, 2013 8:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has postponed the trial of several alleged members of a violent New Orleans drug ring, including a man once described by police as one of the city's most dangerous criminals. That man, alleged ringleader Telly Hankton, and 12 other defendants were indicted last... more »
  • Search is on for Man Accused of Skipping Trial

    March 26, 2013 6:43 PM

    A nationwide alert is on for a man who walked out of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse, just before his trial Monday for vehicular homicide. Wade Lohse is accused of killing 29-year-old Cacie Barras. Toxicology test results show he was impaired when he crashed into her vehicle. Deputies issued a... more »
  • Judge rejects bid for new trial in Katrina case

    December 5, 2012 4:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday rejected defense attorneys' claims that a video shot at the scene of deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina reveals new evidence warranting a new trial for five former police officers. The footage shot of the Danziger Bridge... more »
  • Trial of man charged in infant's death to start

    July 23, 2012 5:52 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The long-delayed murder trial of a Shreveport man charged with beating his infant daughter to death is expected to begin Monday. The Times reports jury selection in the capital murder trial of 24-year-old Samuel Jordan is expected to take a week. Jordan was arrested in December... more »
  • Probes Could Produce Answers After Sandusky Trial

    June 10, 2012 8:10 PM

    The trial of Jerry Sandusky, which will begin Monday when prosecutors and his lawyer make opening statements before a central Pennsylvania jury, will probably be over in a few weeks. But when it comes to getting to the bottom of what happened, it will definitely not be the final word.... more »
  • Trial delayed in nightclub stabbing case

    May 28, 2012 6:18 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - The trial of a Galliano man accused of stabbing a former roommate inside a Houma nightclub in 2009 will be delayed until September. The Courier reports Jorell Young, 26, was arrested in 2010 in the death of 39-year-old Robert LeCompte. Prosecutors said LeCompte was found with... more »
  • Trial begins for man accused of killing his wife

    May 15, 2012 7:11 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Tioga man accused of killing his wife then trying to run over two deputies is set to stand trial. The Town Talk reports Joseph Anton Chehardy Jr. is charged with second-degree murder of his wife, Janeva Lasyone, who was shot twice, once in the head,... more »
  • 70 freight cars burglarized

    May 11, 2012 9:05 AM

    WAGGAMAN, La. (AP) - It will take an inventory before the loss can be calculated, but officials say burglars made off with a substantial amount from 70 freight train cars. Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies told WDSU-TV Thursday that the Union Pacific Rail Road train cars were discovered to have been... more »
  • Trial starts in 2010 deaths of mother, child

    April 19, 2012 9:32 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Trial has begun in Houma in the case of a Chauvin truck driver charged in the deaths of his girlfriend and infant son. The Courier reports that 34-year-old Tyari Smith is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 26-year-old Maria Chavez and 2-year-old Tyari... more »
  • Lawyers: Evidence withheld in Angola 5 trial

    April 9, 2012 9:01 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - Attorneys appealing the conviction and death sentence of Angola 5 defendant David Brown are seeking a new trial, saying prosecutors withheld evidence. The Advocate reports the judge overseeing the Angola 5 cases postponed the trial of the next defendant last week until Sept. 24 without... more »
  • Trial date set for Allen school board member

    April 4, 2012 10:57 AM

    OBERLIN, La. (AP) - A July 16 trial date has been set for an Allen Parish School Board member accused of stealing more than $2,100 from an area casino where he worked. The American Press reports 46-year-old Keith Welch of Oakdale pleaded not guilty last April. He was arrested on... more »
  • Former deputy's trial on sex crimes delayed

    March 30, 2012 10:17 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The trial of a former Calcasieu Parish deputy accused of rape and sexual battery has been postponed. Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Beth McGee tells the American Press David N. Thomas of Moss Bluff was scheduled to stand trial Thursday before Judge Ron Ware,... more »
  • Anonymous jury planned for Lil Boosie trial

    March 30, 2012 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The rarely used practice of an anonymous jury will be used for the high-profile first-degree murder trial of rapper Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch, court officials say. Hatch, accused in an alleged murder-for-hire in 2009, is scheduled to begin April 30. The Advocate reported. East Baton... more »
  • Monroe councilmen seek later date for trial

    March 29, 2012 10:45 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Attorneys for Monroe City Councilmen Robert Stevens and Arthur Gilmore are asking a judge to push back their trial date so they can have more time to prepare. Stevens and Gilmore, convicted in May of racketeering and bribery, are awaiting a ruling by U.S. District Judge... more »
  • La. Medicaid trial dates set

    March 26, 2012 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A lawsuit that the state Attorney General's Office filed in 2010 against more than 100 drug manufacturers, alleging they illegally inflated prescription drug costs paid by Louisiana taxpayers through the Medicaid program, is headed to trial next year. The Advocate reports state District Judge Wilson... more »
  • Westlake woman set for May trial on sex charges

    March 15, 2012 10:25 AM

    DeRIDDER, La. (AP) - A 28-year-old Westlake woman arrested in November for sex-related offenses against a 13-year-old boy is scheduled to stand trial in Beauregard Parish on May 21. Authorities say Heather N. Daughdrill was arrested in Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes for allegedly having sexual contact with the boy. Calcasieu... more »
  • Trial delayed in Lake Charles park arson

    March 5, 2012 6:25 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A man accused of burning a Lake Charles city park will stand trial in April, not Monday as was originally scheduled. Seth Arceneaux faces a charge of simple arson in the blaze that destroyed Millennium Park on Jan. 9, 2011. The American Press said police... more »
  • Millennium Park arson trial reset for April

    March 5, 2012 5:49 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A judge in Lake Charles has granted a second delay in the trial of a teenager accused of burning down a Lake Charles park built by thousands of volunteers. The trial had been scheduled to start Monday. The American Press reports that defense attorney Robert... more »
  • Jurors still deliberating in Stanford fraud trial

    March 2, 2012 11:04 AM

    HOUSTON (AP) - A federal jury has resumed deliberating the fate of jailed Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford on charges he bilked $7 billion from investors in a massive Ponzi scheme. Jurors in the financier's fraud trial in Houston continued deliberating Friday. The panel began deliberations Wednesday. If the jury... more »
  • Angola 5 trial to start as planned

    February 29, 2012 10:42 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The first-degree murder trial of Angola 5 defendant Barry S. Edge will go forward in April as planned, despite the Saturday arrest of one of his defense attorneys. The Advocate reports retired Orleans Parish Judge Jerome M. Winsberg issued the ruled Tuesday following a meeting... more »
  • People Close to Case: Gulf Oil Spill Trial Delayed

    February 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    A federal trial over the nation's worst offshore oil disaster has been delayed for a week to allow more time for settlement talks, according to two people close to the case. The two people told The Associated Press the decision was made Sunday during a conference call between parties in... more »
  • Murder suspect's trial delayed

    January 26, 2012 10:14 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A man accused of shooting his wife to death in May 2010 has had his murder trial postponed until April. The Town Talk reports Joseph Anton Chehardy Jr. was indicted in July 2010 on a second-degree murder charge after 43-year-old Janeva Lasyone Chehardy was found shot... more »
  • BP executive expected to be first trial witness

    January 25, 2012 9:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A BP executive is expected to be the first witness to testify at a trial next month designed to identify the causes of a deadly rig explosion that spawned a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. In a court filing Tuesday, plaintiffs'... more »
  • Ville Platte Coaches Trial Set to Go to Trial

    January 23, 2012 6:45 PM

    Jury selection is underway in Jeff Davis Parish in the trial of a Ville Platte High football coach. It's been more than a year and a half since police said Roy Serie caused an accident that killed two people, including his wife Sheila. Police said Roy crossed the median and... more »
  • 2nd trial opens over deadly Katrina shootings

    January 23, 2012 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal trial opens this week for a retired New Orleans police sergeant charged with helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for Gerard Dugue, who allegedly submitted a false... more »
  • Judge postpones man's trial in nightclub slaying

    January 10, 2012 10:33 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Louisiana judge has postponed the trial of a Florida man accused in the 2009 death of a teenage at a Sulphur nightclub. It was reported that 28-year-old David A. Nelson is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly throwing the punch that fatally injured 19-year-old... more »
  • Trial over Katrina shooting winds down

    December 8, 2011 5:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A jury is set to hear closing arguments in the trial of two New Orleans police officers charged with lying under oath about a man's fatal shooting outside the city's convention center in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Attorneys for officers Ronald Mitchell and Ray Jones are expected... more »
  • Wrongful Cremation Case Ends Without Trial

    October 31, 2011 11:25 PM

    It's been two years since two bodies were mixed up at Lafayette General Medical Center, ending with a wrongful cremation. On Monday that case came to a close in the 15th Judicial Court in Lafayette. In October 2009, 58-year-old Ruby Joseph died of a heart attack at Lafayette General.... more »
  • High Profile Murder Trial Ends With Not Guilty Verdict

    October 20, 2011 11:38 PM

    A high profile murder trial comes to a close in Lafayette Thursday with what some are calling an unexpected outcome. This is the second time 22-year-old Troydell Simmons appeared in court, accused of shooting a Carencro man in the head in July 2009. While the first time ended in a... more »
  • Trial of Ville Platte coach Serie delayed

    September 20, 2011 8:36 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney Michael Cassidy says the trial for Ville Platte High School head football coach Roy Serie, who is charged with vehicular homicide, has been postponed until January. The American Press reports Serie was arrested in August 2010 after toxicology results found he... more »
  • Jury selection starts in capital murder trial

    September 12, 2011 9:33 AM

    AMITE, La. (AP) - Attorneys say jury selection could last a week in the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend and her two children. The Advocate reports state Judge Wayne Ray Chutz ordered 500 people summoned for jury duty Monday in Amite. Tangipahoa Clerk of... more »
  • Testimony resumes in Katrina police shooting trial

    July 7, 2011 6:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans police officer who pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up of deadly police shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina is due back on the witness stand for more questioning by defense attorneys. Michael Hunter's cross-examination by attorneys for five current or... more »
  • Reaction to Casey Anthony Not-Guilty Verdict

    July 5, 2011 11:19 PM

    Reaction to the not-guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony trial has been pouring in across Acadiana, many with mixed emotions. "I think a lot of us thought that she was going to be proven guilty, so to see that she's not guilty is kind of a shock," said John... more »
  • Jury selection continues in bridge shooting trial

    June 23, 2011 9:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jury selection continues in the trial of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath. Roughly 70 potential jurors were questioned Wednesday about the case without anyone being seated. Five former... more »
  • Judge refuses delay in trial of Angola 5 inmate

    June 14, 2011 9:55 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The judge in the Angola 5 murder cases has refused to grant another delay in the first-degree murder trial of inmate Robert G. Carley. Judge Jerome M. Winsberg told Carley attorneys Friday he expects them to be ready to start jury selection in St. Tammany... more »
  • Prosecutors Challenge New Trial for EX-NO Cop

    June 4, 2011 11:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to order a new trial for a former New Orleans police officer convicted of writing a false report on a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina. A notice of appeal filed Friday by U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office says... more »
  • Hearing to Decide if Blackwater Suit Goes to Trial

    May 20, 2011 8:29 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A judge in Virginia will hear arguments today on whether a lawsuit filed by two former employees against the security company once known as Blackwater should go to trial. Brad and Melan Davis filed the lawsuit in 2008 in federal court in Alexandria under a whistleblower... more »
  • Federal Judge: Disabled Can Bring Suit to Trial

    May 19, 2011 8:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging state budget cuts to home-based care for some elderly and disabled individuals. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady rejected the Department of Health and Hospital efforts to avoid a trial in the case, which alleges... more »
  • Trial of Calcasieu Parish assessor delayed

    May 17, 2011 8:25 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The trial of former Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor Richard Cole has been postponed until Sept. 26 because the prosecutor in the case is busy with another trial. The American Press reports assistant prosecutor Cynthia Killingsworth heads the prosecution in the trial of four family members... more »
  • Judge asked to delay ill Mose Jefferson's trial

    January 12, 2011 9:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A longtime New Orleans political operative who is gravely ill with cancer asked a federal judge Wednesday to postpone his trial on charges he conspired to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs. Doctors for Mose Jefferson,... more »
  • Wesley Snipes again asks for a new tax trial

    December 8, 2010 9:50 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Actor Wesley Snipes made a last-minute request for a new trial a day before he is scheduled to report to prison for failing to pay taxes. Snipes' attorney Daniel Meachum has said he received an e-mail from a juror who claims three others on the panel... more »
  • Jeffs Extradited from Utah to Texas to Face Trial

    December 1, 2010 11:41 AM

    SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has been extradited from Utah to Texas to face trial on bigamy and sexual assault charges, the Texas Attorney General's Office said Wednesday. Jeffs, who is being held without bail in Texas, is set to make a court appearance Wednesday... more »
  • Judge's Son's Trial Postponed, wants AG Off Case

    October 27, 2010 12:28 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The trial of a judge's son has been postponed after the defendant hired a new lawyer who wants the state attorney general's office off the case. Wilford D. Carter II has pleaded not guilty to seven misdemeanor offenses but his trial was delayed Monday after... more »
  • Judge's son's trial postponed, wants AG off case

    October 27, 2010 9:24 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The trial of a judge's son has been postponed after the defendant hired a new lawyer who wants the state attorney general's office off the case. Wilford D. Carter II has pleaded not guilty to seven misdemeanor offenses but his trial was delayed Monday after... more »
  • Teen charged in Mass. bullying case heads to trial

    October 26, 2010 5:26 PM

    NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts judge on Tuesday scheduled a March trial for a teenager accused of having sexual contact with a younger classmate, who hanged herself after what prosecutors call relentless bullying from the teen's ex-girlfriend and four other students. Austin Renaud, 18, is charged with the statutory... more »
  • Trial starts for Avoyelles ex-sheriff

    October 26, 2010 10:19 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The federal conspiracy trial of former Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Bill Belt and his wife and sister is under way. Bill and Tracy Belt are accused of pocketing profits from jailhouse telephones; Julie Bernard is charged with lying to the FBI. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell is... more »
  • Opening arguments for Taser trial

    October 21, 2010 10:06 PM

    WINNFIELD, La. (AP) - Former Winnfield Police Officer Scott Nugent used force that was unreasonable and unwarranted when he shocked a handcuffed prisoner nine times during an arrest, Winn Parish District Attorney Chris Nevils told a jury of three men and nine women Thursday. Nugent, 24, is on trial for... more »
  • Jan. trial set for racketeering case

    October 21, 2010 9:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new trial date has been set for the racketeering case against former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt and longtime political operative Mose Jefferson. An order issued Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle reschedules the start of the trial for Jan. 31, 2011. The trial... more »
  • Jury Seated in trial of a former Winnfield Police Officer Charged in a Taser Death

    October 20, 2010 4:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A jury has been seated in the manslaughter trial of former Winnfield Police Officer Scott Nugent, who is accused in the Taser death of a man he arrested. It took eight days before the panel was seated Wednesday and came only after the district attorney... more »
  • No jurors on 1st day of ex-cop's stun gun trial

    October 11, 2010 9:34 PM

    WINNFIELD, La. (AP) - Jury selection is under way in the manslaughter trial of a former Winnfield police officer charged with repeatedly jolting a handcuffed man with a Taser before he died. Scott Nugent faces manslaughter and malfeasance in office charges in the death of 21-year-old Baron Pikes, who was... more »
  • Ex-Cop's Trial in Stun Gun Death to Start Monday

    October 10, 2010 6:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jury selection in the trial of a former Winnfield police officer accused of killing a handcuffed prisoner by repeatedly shocking him with a stun gun is set to begin on Monday. Scott Nugent faces manslaughter and malfeasance in office charges in the death of 21-year-old Baron... more »
  • Woman's Trial for Drowning baby Delayed

    October 8, 2010 10:48 AM

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - The trial of a Kenner woman accused of drowning her newborn baby in Lake Pontchartrain has been postponed. Days before jury selection 23-year-old Ciara Craig was set to start, the judge pushed her second-degree murder trial back to Dec. 6. The move was because the prosecution... more »
  • Prosecutors seek delay in rackteering trial

    September 30, 2010 10:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Prosecutors ask a federal court to delay a racketeering trial for a former Louisiana lawmaker and a longtime political operative. Trial is scheduled Monday for former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt and Mose Jefferson, a brother of former Congressman William Jefferson. But on Thursday, prosecutors asked... more »
  • Judge sets trial date in fatal restaurant shooting

    September 10, 2010 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge has set a March 21 trial date for the alleged triggerman in the September 2006 slaying of an Olive Garden employee outside the Baton Rouge restaurant. State District Judge Don Johnson set the trial date on Thursday. 32-year-old Tracy Young of Baton Rouge... more »
  • Evidence Mishap Delays Trial

    September 7, 2010 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - It appears Jeffrey Lee Guillory, Baton Rouge's third accused serial killer, will wait a little longer for his trial. The evidence in the case, or at least part of it, was in Lafayette. A jury there found Guillory guilty of trying to kill a woman.... more »
  • Woman to stand trial on charge of slicing DiCaprio

    August 26, 2010 10:02 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge ordered a woman to stand trial on a charge of slashing Leonardo DiCaprio's face with glass during a 2005 party. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edmund Willcox Clarke ordered Aretha Wilson to face one count of assault with a deadly weapon. The charge includes... more »
  • Varnado Murder Trial Delayed

    August 19, 2010 7:37 AM

    AMITE, La. (AP) - The first-degree murder trial of Michael Varnado, accused of killing a mother and her two children, has been delayed for a second time. State District Judge Ray Schutz agreed Wednesday that both the prosecution and defense need more time to prepare for the trial. Schutz ruled... more »
  • Hurricane Rita Evacuee Has Been Deemed Competent To Stand Trial

    August 18, 2010 1:43 PM

    A 56-year-old Hurricane Rita evacuee has been deemed competent to stand trial on a second-degree murder charge in the 2005 stabbing death of her sister in Lafayette. Suzanne Shirley Buckins, an evacuee from Lake Charles, has been incarcerated since her arrest for the November 2005 killing of her sister,... more »
  • Man Accused of Stabbing Son Goes on Trial Starting Today

    August 18, 2010 1:36 PM

    Newman Thibodeaux, the man accused of stabbing his son, Keith Thibodeaux, in the stomach earlier this year at the Belaire Cove Crawfish Etoufee cookoff in Ville Platte, goes on trial starting today in Ville Platte starting at 9am. Jury selection was held yesterday (Tuesday).
  • Former Senator Booked with DWI Days Before Trial

    August 15, 2010 2:47 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Days before his second trial on tax evasion charges, former state Sen. Charles D. Jones is booked with driving while intoxicated. Jones, whose phone number is unpublished, could not be reached for comment Sunday. Attorney Mike Small did not immediately return a call. The News-Star reports... more »
  • Federal Judge OKs Extension in Lafayette Sex Trial

    August 10, 2010 7:47 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has granted a continuance in the scheduled trial of a former private-school counselor accused of a federal sex crime. The U.S. District Judge Richard Haik signed the order Friday, but it was not published until Monday. The order was in response to a... more »
  • Farrow, Campbell draw spotlight to war-crime trial

    August 9, 2010 9:52 PM

    LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Naomi Campbell flirted with Liberia's former president across the dinner table at Nelson Mandela's presidential mansion in 1997 and boasted the following morning that Charles Taylor had given her a huge diamond during the night, Mia Farrow and another witness testified at Taylor's war crimes trial... more »
  • Jurors Wagered on Murder Trial

    July 29, 2010 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two jurors in the 1995 trial of a man accused in the ambush slaying of a Baton Rouge police officer have testified that jurors wagered on when Henri Broadway's capital murder trial would end. The foreman, Frank Brumley, testified Wednesday about taking part in a... more »
  • Well Cap's Trial Ends With No Word on What's Next

    July 17, 2010 3:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP's 48-hour trial run of a cap blocking oil from streaming into the Gulf of Mexico ended Saturday with no word on what happens next. BP spokesman Daren Beaudo said the company would communicate if the trial was stopped. With no word as 3:25 p.m. EDT... more »
  • New Trial in Central City Killing of 5 Teens

    July 2, 2010 5:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Prosecutors have asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to overturn an order for a new trial for the man accused in a shooting spree that killed five teenagers. The Times-Picayune reports that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled 2-1 this week that Criminal District Judge Lynda... more »
  • Appeals Court Rejects New Trial for Black Panther

    June 21, 2010 8:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's decision to grant a new trial to a former member of the Black Panther Party who was convicted of murdering a Louisiana prison guard. U.S. District Judge James Brady had ruled in 2008 that Albert Woodfox's defense... more »
  • 1st Trial Stemming From Deadly Robbery Delayed

    June 14, 2010 9:34 PM

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - The first of five trials stemming from an armed robbery at a Marrero bar that left four men dead has been delayed because a prosecution witness is on vacation. Rigoberto Funes, 21, was scheduled to stand trial this week on three counts of second-degree murder in... more »
  • Former Teacher's Trial Delayed

    June 2, 2010 7:41 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The trial of a former Acadiana High School teacher accused of filming teenagers having sex in his Lafayette apartment has been delayed. Stephen McKay Hurst was scheduled to stand trial June 21 on six federal charges, including production of child pornography, possession of child pornography and... more »
  • Trial Set for Man Accused in Death of Minister

    May 21, 2010 9:56 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The trial of a man accused of killing a Thibodaux priest nearly 18 years ago will likely go forward in August, though a judge ruled two months ago he can not be sentenced for the crime because he was a juvenile at the time of the... more »
  • Theft, Racketeering Trial Rescheduled

    May 18, 2010 9:48 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Patrick Onyemechara (Ohn-ya-men-CHAIR-ra), the city of Monroe's former director of Revenue and Taxation, will go to trial Nov. 29. Charles Kincade, Onyemechara's defense attorney, asked earlier that the case be rescheduled to prepare it for trial. Assistant District Attorney Neal Johnson says Onyemechara allegedly cashed checks... more »
  • Jefferson Trial Delayed Until October

    May 12, 2010 10:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal corruption trial of Mose Jefferson and a former New Orleans city councilwoman has been postponed until Oct. 4. Jefferson, the brother of former congressman William Jefferson, and Renee Gill Pratt had been scheduled to stand trial in New Orleans on Aug. 2. The delay... more »
  • Lacassin Trial

    April 21, 2010 6:54 PM

    A high profile case is underway in St. Landry Parish. The husband of Krotz Springs Police Chief, Susie Lacassin, is on trial. But, it's what he's accused of and with whom that's drawing attention. Arthur Douglas Lacassin was arrested in 2007 for charges of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.... more »
  • Defense For Jeffrey Lee Guillory Motions For New Trial

    March 11, 2010 12:07 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Jeffery Lee Guillory is asking for a new trial following his conviction on charges of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree robbery. A jury convicted Guillory Friday in the December 2007 attack on a Lafayette woman. He has been in jail since his January 2008 arrest in... more »
  • Lafayette High School Wins Mock Trial Competition

    March 9, 2010 3:24 PM

    LAFAYETTE, LA, MARCH 6, 2010- The Lafayette Young Lawyers Association hosted its annual Mock Trial Tournament in which 7 high school teams competed at the 15th Judicial District Courthouse on March 6, 2010. The Richard M. Ware Region III Mock Trial was held in a real courtroom setting where teams... more »
  • Jeffery Lee Guillory trial to begin March 2

    February 24, 2010 8:10 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Suspected serial killer Jeffery Lee Guillory is set to stand trial March 2 for an alleged attack on a Lafayette woman in 2007. The 43-year-old Guillory was arrested in December in the deaths of three women in Baton Rouge between 1999 and 2002. Guillory will first... more »
  • John Larry Snyder To Make Court Appearance In St. Landry Parish

    January 19, 2010 3:26 PM

    The Gonzales man accused of murdering Krotz Springs native Davina Chapman last summer will be in a St. Landry Parish court house Thursday. John Larry Snyder, has been charged with murder in Point Coupee Parish, but will be in Opelousas to face a charge for simple kidnapping. Chapman's body... more »
  • 2 men plead guilty in drive-thru killing

    December 1, 2009 8:59 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Two men have pleaded guilty for their roles as accessories in the 2008 shooting death of a Burger King manager. Meanwhile, the trial of the accused shooter was reset Monday for March 29. Trent Isiah Mitchel and Davientray Lee Breaux pleaded guilty on Monday to accessory... more »
  • Abbeville sues ex-fireman for training cost

    November 23, 2009 12:07 PM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The City of Abbeville has sued a former firefighter for the cost of his training, saying he failed to full-time for two years after becoming fully certified. The suit says Cody Mire should pay the city just over $6,400, in 12 monthly installments. Mire worked for... more »
  • Man Arrested for Several DWI's

    November 17, 2009 11:45 PM

    A Vermilion Parish man charged in a January accident that killed three people was in court Tuesday, but this trial for Todd Vincent is a completely different case. Vincent is facing his second offense driving while under the influence. Court records show this is his third DWI charge in three... more »
  • Mother to face sanity hearing

    October 27, 2009 8:22 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A mother who allegedly left her 8-month-old daughter in a running car with the heater on for five hours in 2008 is scheduled for a sanity hearing next month. Natalie Thornton is scheduled to appear in state court on Nov. 2 for a sanity hearing in... more »
  • Trial Set in Cab Driver's Death

    October 27, 2009 8:19 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette man accused of robbing and killing a cab driver for less than $100 is set to stand trial Nov. 30. Aaron James Francois faces charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery. A grand jury indicted Francois in April. He is being held in the... more »
  • Todd Vincent to Begin Trial

    September 21, 2009 12:28 PM

    An Erath man who allegedly caused a deadly head-on collision earlier this year will learn his fate today. The trial for 39-year-old Todd Vincent is set to begin this morning (Monday, September 21). The wreck left a Franklin man, his sister and her teenage daughter dead. Vincent faces three counts... more »

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