Through a stream of tears, Becky Wilson told a courtroom how the 1963 killing of her father — East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy Charles Hurt — shattered her tranquil childhood and rocked the lives of her family for decades.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
A pair of teenagers walked up to a security guard in a New Orleans East apartment complex on a September night in 2010, scheming to rob him of his weapon.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
A nonprofit legal aid group is trying to re-open the books on a decades-old East Baton Rouge Parish rape conviction by tracking evidence for DNA testing.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Louisiana authorities are investigating allegations that a personal assistant financially exploited a federal judge whose alcoholism is so severe that a colleague asked a court to rule she cannot take care of herself.
A decade to the day from when an East Baton Rouge Parish jury convicted Anthony Johnson of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Daniel Magee, a district judge sentenced him for a second time to life in prison without possibili…
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
A Baton Rouge man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in a two-week spree of armed robberies — stealing thousands of dollars in cigarettes — from local convenience stores this past summer, according to a news release from the Middle District o…
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Eighty-nine Louisiana inmates, who are serving life sentences for murder convictions they received while juveniles, could be eligible for parole consideration if the Louisiana Legislature approves a bill to curb life sentences for youths.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Whether the rape trial in Livingston Parish of former “Sons of Guns” reality TV personality Will Hayden will move forward in July, now that he faces a mandatory life sentence for rape convictions in Baton Rouge, has not yet been decided.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
A federal judge whose unusual behavior preceded her mysterious removal from a string of cases was ordered to get treatment for alcoholism so severe a colleague believes she cannot take care of herself, according to court records released Thursday.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
A national HIV/AIDS health care provider filed a lawsuit against East Baton Rouge Parish after the city-parish declined to renew its $66,376 contract to treat patients through a federal grant program at the group's two clinics in Baton Rouge.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Two cousins accused in the robbery, beating, kidnapping and killing of an elderly Highland Road couple in 2015 might face two different East Baton Rouge juries beginning on the same date — during simultaneous trials held in the same courtroom.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Former Louisiana Veterans Affairs Secretary David LaCerte's defamation lawsuit against the state's legislative auditor and inspector general, who accused him of mismanaging state funds and puffing up his military service credentials, should be thr…
Friday, April 07, 2017
After spending several years in the limelight in front of television cameras, former "Sons of Guns" reality TV personality Will Hayden will be sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury unanimously convicted him Friday of rap…
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Former "Sons of Guns" reality TV personality Will Hayden took the witness stand Thursday and denied he raped two preteen girls in East Baton Rouge Parish, one in the early 1990s and another more recently in 2013 and 2014.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III received the 2017 Champion of Change award from the nonprofit group Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response on Thursday morning at its third annual ceremony.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
The former Walker police sergeant who hung a twine noose holding a cookie in the station's squad room in late February will not face criminal charges, the district attorney said Wednesday.
A 15-year-old girl testified Wednesday that then-"Sons of Guns" reality TV personality Will Hayden kissed her and made her perform oral sex on him in the living room of his Greenwell Springs Road home on Aug. 4, 2014, the culmination of a long pat…
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Latest from Wednesday testimony: Witness: Young girl confided in him that Will Hayden sexually abused her
Monday, April 03, 2017
A Baton Rouge chiropractor was convicted of federal tax fraud after failing to report accurate earnings from his practice and therefore evading paying taxes from 2005 to 2013, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson.
Six jurors were chosen Monday in Baton Rouge at the rape trial of former "Sons of Guns" reality TV personality Will Hayden.
Friday, March 31, 2017
In an impassioned 10-minute denouncement Friday of the 40-year sentence given to Marksville deputy marshal Derrick Stafford in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy, Stafford's aunt, Bertha Andrews, blasted the jury's verdict as a "lynching" and …
MARKSVILLE — Former Marksville deputy marshal Derrick Stafford was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday, a week after an Avoyelles Parish jury found the 33-year-old former policeman guilty in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy and the woundi…
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
An Indiana woman is suing Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry for not complying with her public records requests seeking information on his travel and vehicle purchases, contracts with lawyers and law firms, and correspondence with oil and gas …
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
A 2014 state law that has allowed Tony the 550-pound Bengal tiger to stay in a roadside enclosure at an Iberville Parish truck stop is an illegal special law that gives preferential treatment to his owner, a national animal rights group argued Tue…
Sunday, March 26, 2017
A former Baton Rouge police officer recently acquitted of abusing his office by allegedly coercing a woman to perform a sex act on him at a BREC park in 2014 is demanding from the city-parish his full pay and benefits from the date he left the force.
Friday, March 24, 2017
MARKSVILLE — An Avoyelles Parish jury convicted a former Marksville deputy marshal of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in a shooting at the end of a chase that left a 6-year-old boy dead and the boy's father seriously wounded.
A Prairieville man, who is a registered sex offender, pleaded guilty last week to unlawful use of a social networking site following his arrest in August at a shelter for flood victims, Ascension Parish prosecutors said.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The young brother of an 11-month-old Baton Rouge infant allegedly beaten to death by their mother's boyfriend in 2013 can testify at the man's murder and cruelty trial, a state judge ruled Thursday.
The Louisiana State Police have determined that a trooper involved in a fatal crash last month in Pointe Coupee Parish was driving more than 100 mph even though he was not responding to an emergency call, according to two law enforcement officials…
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
A 54-year-old Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to stealing $1.4 million from his former employer, Axiall Corp., most of it via a wire fraud scheme, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson said Wednesday.
Eighteen people, including 14 from Louisiana, are under federal indictment in Baton Rouge for their alleged roles in a large-scale heroin trafficking network based in Ascension Parish and Houston, Acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson said Wednesday.
MARKSVILLE — Prosecutors have wrapped up their case against a former Marksville deputy marshal accused of murder in a shooting at the end of a pursuit in November 2015 that left a 6-year-old child dead, capping a long day of technical testimony fr…
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The son of jailed Baton Rouge automobile dealer Hamid Ghassemi, who is charged with three other men in the alleged murder-for-hire of Ghassemi's ex-wife, claims his mother suffered "torture and unspeakable mental anguish" during her 2015 kidnappin…
The driver in the fatal incident, 26-year-old Christopher Few, testified for over an hour Tuesday afternoon, describing the events of Nov. 3, 2015, and recounting the hail of gunfire that wounded him and killed his 6-year-old son, Jeremy Mardis.
Monday, March 20, 2017
MARKSVILLE — Jurors sat glued to a big-screen TV in a cramped upstairs courtroom, listening intently over the din of the air conditioner as gunshots cracked on the body camera footage and a local policeman checked the faint pulse of a mortally wou…
A man accused of being in violation of U.S. immigration and gun laws when he allegedly fatally shot a 16-year-old boy last week on the teen's birthday appeared before a Baton Rouge federal magistrate Monday and will remain detained until his next …
A Baton Rouge lawyer and former state liquor lobbyist who was set to stand trial this week on federal child pornography charges is now expected to be tried in October.
The Latest on a trial for a Louisiana law enforcement officer charged with murder in a 6-year-old boy's fatal shooting (all times local):
Sunday, March 19, 2017
The mother of a 4-year-old Baton Rouge boy who drowned in an abandoned sewer hole near his Robertson Avenue home in 2014 has settled her lawsuit against several parties.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
As floodwaters rose in Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes in August, municipal police and sheriff's deputies dropped radar guns and ticket books to help rescue folks from their flooded homes. With interstates closed for days on end, fewer reckle…
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Federal charges were filed Thursday against the man who the U.S. Department of Justice alleges was illegally in the U.S. when he fatally shot a 16-year-old boy Monday.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
CONVENT — Pointing to the wooden courtroom seal affixed above the head of ad hoc Judge Michael E. Kirby at the St. James Parish Courthouse, defense attorney Brian Capitelli argued Wednesday morning for recusal of the entire district court in his c…
A felon with a prior armed robbery conviction was indicted Wednesday in the Nov. 10 killing of a Plank Road tire shop employee who died while trying to stop a holdup outside the store.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The grand jury that declined to charge a state prison assistant warden in a rape case earlier this month was not provided the sexual assault forensic examination and report done by a nurse, an omission sharply questioned by the victim and sex crim…
The mother of a Baton Rouge man shot to death by a 17-year-old boy in 2005 told a judge Tuesday it would be "cruel and unusual punishment" for her family and the community if the convicted killer was given the possibility of parole after serving 3…
Monday, March 13, 2017
MARKSVILLE (AP) — The head of the Louisiana State Police called it the most disturbing thing he's seen: a 6-year-old autistic boy's lifeless body, strapped into the front seat of a car riddled with bullets fired by two law enforcement officers.