Friday, May 25, 2018
The $13,000 bail that a Baton Rouge state judge set last month for a recently arrested convicted sex offender was hiked to $285,000 Friday by one of the judge’s colleagues after prosecutors balked at the initial amount.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
A Baton Rouge man was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday in the 2015 shooting death of a 21-year-old woman riding in the rear seat of a silver car that passed in front of a crowded house party.
GONZALES — A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to slamming into a stalled sport utility vehicle in Ascension Parish one night nearly four years ago and killing a then-recent high…
Thursday, May 24, 2018
The trial of two men accused in the 2015 robbery, abduction and killing of an elderly Highland Road couple was pushed back to Oct. 1 on Thursday.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
A Baton Rouge man told detectives it was a "mistake" that a 21-year-old woman riding in a silver car on East Upland Avenue was killed by one of the many shots he fired at a black car on Father's Day 2015, a jury heard Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
CONVENT — Prosecutors in St. James Parish plan to seek up to an 80-year state prison sentence for a St. Charles Parish man recently convicted in a 2016 convenience store robbery in which he made off with $89.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
GONZALES — An Ascension Parish man faces more than two decades in state prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide and another charge in a 2017 crash that killed a 6-year-old Paulina girl, prosecutors said Tuesday.
A Baton Rouge woman testified Tuesday she was driving past a crowded house party in Glen Oaks in June 2015, with her cousin in the front seat and close friend DonLisha Patterson in the back, when kids started scattering and shots rang out, pepperi…
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The grand jury that indicted a former LSU student on negligent homicide and three others on hazing in the September alcohol-related death of freshman fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver heard inconsistent testimony from witnesses, a prosecutor has di…
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Nearly a decade ago, authorities in St. Tammany Parish charged a reclusive doughnut cutter with more than a dozen felony counts of possessing child pornography.
Friday, May 18, 2018
A Baton Rouge man was convicted Friday in the 2007 shooting and burning deaths of two men whose charred bodies were found inside a burning car behind the Mississippi River levee in Port Allen.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
A former Shaw Group employee and two other Louisiana residents were convicted Thursday of insider trading in connection with Baton Rouge-based Shaw's $3 billion acquisition by Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. in 2012.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
A Baton Rouge judge has ordered the arrest of the convicted sex offender who missed two court dates after trying to kill himself last week following his April 30 sex-crime related arrest.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
David "Bam" Williams shot two men outside a Baton Rouge apartment complex, drove off in their SUV with their bodies still inside, pumped gasoline into the vehicle's interior and set it on fire in Port Allen in 2007, witnesses testified Wednesday a…
An East Baton Rouge Parish landowner wants Ascension and Iberville parishes to compensate him for losses he says he incurred as a result of emergency steps taken in August 2016 to alleviate flooding in the Spanish Lake area.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The defense attorney for indicted former narcotics agent Chad Scott told a federal magistrate Wednesday that he remains "completely in the dark" about several of the charges against Scott. He called on the U.S. Justice Department to offer more det…
A convicted sex offender who tried to take his own life May 8, the same day he was scheduled to appear in court on a new sex crime arrest, remains hospitalized but is doing well physically, one of his attorneys said Wednesday.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Attorneys for two men who pleaded guilty last year to manslaughter in a 2015 killing in Baton Rouge say they should be allowed to withdraw their pleas after prosecutors dismissed all charges against the suspected triggerman.
GONZALES — Prosecutors want to try Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa first but need to settle a significant legal question before either he or his co-defendant can go forward in their separate criminal trials, attorneys said Monday.
Robert McCoy has consistently denied the accusations — supported by significant evidence — that he killed three of his family members in 2008.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Tony Clayton successfully prosecuted Jauve Collins for the 2007 slaying of a retired Southern University administrator, and now Collins wants Clayton disqualified from taking part in the U.S. Supreme Court-mandated resentencing of Collins.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
The push to require Louisiana juries to return unanimous verdicts has resulted in some unusual alliances in Baton Rouge, with Tea Party Republicans lining up alongside members of the Legislative Black Caucus to demand change.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Perhaps no part of Oregon feels less like Louisiana than this city's South Waterfront district, where rush hour could be mistaken for a scene from "Back to the Future."
Friday, May 11, 2018
GONZALES — An Ascension Parish grand jury charged a Geismar man with second-degree murder in the March slaying of a Prairieville man, prosecutors said.
GONZALES — Prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that the outcome of Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa's election bribery case could affect what happens to his co-defendant, businessman Olin Berthelot.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A Louisiana man charged with killing three men and wounding a fourth may have been insane at the time of last year's string of shootings, a defense attorney said in a court filing this week.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
A state appellate court refused on Wednesday to reconsider its April ruling upholding the legality of a 1976 Louisiana law that bars felons on probation and parole from voting.
WASHINGTON — U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt of New Orleans is officially getting a promotion to the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
A Greenwell Springs woman's accessory charge in the 2017 killing of two Baker men was dismissed by a prosecutor Wednesday, paving the way for her to possibly testify against the alleged triggerman at his murder trial.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
An inmate who claimed in a January lawsuit that he was infected with HIV during a rape last year at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison is not HIV positive, his attorney has acknowledged in an amended suit.
A convicted sex offender accused of raping a 17-year-old boy in Baker last month tried to kill himself Tuesday morning before his scheduled court appearance on a request by prosecutors that his bail in the latest sex crime arrest be revoked or inc…
Monday, May 07, 2018
CONVENT — Gramercy Mayor Steve Nosacka and Jody Chenier, the retired longtime No. 2 official in St. James Parish government, accepted immunity deals in exchange for their testimony in the ongoing malfeasance in office prosecutions against the pari…
A Louisiana judge has awarded a woman and two of her children more than $41,000 after hearing testimony that sheriff's deputies used excessive force on her when she was pregnant, shouted racial slurs and erased a cellphone video of the confrontation.
A state appeals court in Baton Rouge is being asked to reconsider the constitutionality of a more than four-decade-old Louisiana law that prohibits felons on probation and parole from voting.
The criminal case against a former Brookstown Middle Magnet School assistant principal accused in the 2016 killing of a pregnant colleague and their unborn child has been thrown into limbo by the suspension of his attorney.
Friday, May 04, 2018
Thursday, May 03, 2018
LIVINGSTON — A 27-year-old Walker man was found guilty of attempted manslaughter Thursday in a trial that challenged jurors to consider the reaches of the state's "stand your ground" laws.
Baton Rouge police aren't to blame for a 2008 alcohol-related crash between a car and an 18-wheeler that occurred 30 minutes after officers stopped the car's driver but didn't arrest him for driving with a suspended license, jurors quickly decided…
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
GONZALES — A Donaldsonville man accused in a May 2016 shooting has agreed to a gun possession charge and was given 10 years in state prison in a plea deal.
More than a dozen members of the Zachary police and fire departments were in a Baton Rouge courtroom Wednesday when the convicted felon accused in the March hit-and-run death of Zachary firefighter and reserve police officer Christopher Lawton con…
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
A former Baker police officer arrested last year but not prosecuted for allegedly failing to properly investigate a shots-fired incident involving East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux's son, is suing the Baker Police Department and its chief.
GONZALES — Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa wants his case tried before the same state district judge who upheld the parish leader’s bribery indictment last month but who also said "the defendant may have a good defense" for trial.
Friday, April 27, 2018
U.S. Army veteran Wilton Craft was 75 and suffered from severe Alzheimer's disease when he was transferred from a Baton Rouge assisted living center in 2014 to the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson for a "higher level of care."
Thursday, April 26, 2018
GONZALES — A state district judge upheld an attempted election bribery indictment against Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa, rejecting an attempt to throw out the charges over questions about his accuser's qualifications as a candidate.
A Baton Rouge man pleaded guilty this week to manslaughter in the 2012 stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
A grand jury indicted a Baton Rouge man last week in the December slaying of a 42-year-old woman found naked and tied with rope in a wooded area off Victoria Drive.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
A West Baton Rouge Parish businessman who bilked investors was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison Wednesday and ordered to pay more than $500,000 in restitution to his victims.