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Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa at a meeting of the Ascension Parish council, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Gonzales, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

GONZALES — The state Attorney General's Office said  Tuesday that a motion by Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa to have his indictment on attempted election bribery thrown out is without merit and should be denied. 

Mattassa's defense attorney Lewis Unglesby had filed a motion Thursday to quash Matassa's indictment on the grounds that Wayne Lawson, the man whom Matassa and businessman Olin Berthelot are accused of bribing, was not a qualified candidate for the Gonzales City Council seat Lawson was seeking last year.

State Attorney General Jeff Landry disagreed with the motion to quash, saying that Lawson had properly filed a notice of candidacy and that "all challenges to a candidate's qualifications must be made ... within seven days after the the close of qualifications for candidates."

"No challenge was ever filed," Landry wrote in his memorandum Tuesday. 

"The defendant's motion to quash should be denied," Landry wrote.

A hearing on Matassa's motion to quash his indictment is set for Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the 23rd Judicial District Court.