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Judge hearing Crowley Police Chief case recuses himself

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-18 19:01:55-04

The judge hearing the case involving Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard has recused himself.

According to Broussard and his attorney, Judge David Smith who was presiding over a hearing set for Friday June 18, recused himself. Neither knew the reason for the recusal.

In May, Broussard pleaded pleaded not guilty during his arraignment.

KATC spoke with Broussard's attorney, Bill Goode, who told us they can now move the trial forward with more information.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Langford "agreed to pass the motion," said Goode, for a bill of particulars, or a detailed list of the charges. Goode said this was necessary because Broussard's indictment is unclear.

"It doesn't say particularly who was involved, what documents are involved, nothing."

Although Judge Smith recused himself from the case, Goode said assistant District Attorney Brian Langford already agreed to the bill of particulars, therefore a judge's ruling is not needed.

"Mr. Langford filed the bill of particulars, and I'm satisfied with the information," Goode added. "There is no need to go back before the court."

KATC reached out to the assistant District Attorney for a comment but have not heard back. We also called Judge Smith and the Clerk of Court to find out more about the recusal, and are waiting on a call back.

Broussard was indicted by a grand jury in February on four counts of malfeasance in office, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of attempted first-degree injuring of public records. All six charges are felonies.

According to the indictment, Broussard committed the felonies in Acadia Parish from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, 2020.

His pre-trial date is set for September 27, 2021.

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