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Grand Jury Indicts Bogalusa Man in 2015 Murder

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Sept. 27, 2017

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Brandon Odell Lotts, 31, of Bogalusa, Tuesday (Sept. 26) of second degree murder, two counts of attempted second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and five counts of possession with the intent to distribute illegal drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and Oxycodone.

Lotts is accused of shooting to death Trevante Toney, a 21-year-old man from Lumberton, Mississippi, during an incident in Bogalusa on Sept. 29, 2015. Lotts was arrested on a warrant in California on June 8 this year. Lotts also is accused of attempting to kill Thelonious Williams and Charles Jenkins during the same incident.

Slidell Man Found Guilty of Raping Girl, 6, and Producing Child Porn

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Sept. 20, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Jack Conklin, 61, of Slidell, guilty Friday (Sept. 15) of aggravated rape, sexual battery of a victim under 13, and production of pornography involving juveniles. Conklin faces mandatory life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 2 by District Judge August Hand.

The victim was 6 years old when Conklin raped her and took explicit photos of her between December 2012 and February 2013. Conklin was an associate of the girl’s father, who occasionally left her in his care. The crime came to light when a friend of the family overheard the victim telling another child that Conklin wanted to marry her and had kissed her like she was a woman. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated after being contacted by the girl’s father, but the child did not initially disclose any abuse.

Later, the Sheriff’s Office seized cameras, computers, and other electronic equipment from Conklin’s home after receiving a report that Conklin was acting suspiciously and taking photos outside a neighbor’s house in Slidell. During questioning, Conklin admitted having marijuana, which led officers to get a search warrant. The officers found a bag of panties belonging to a little girl, a bag of human hair, and dozens of Chuck E Cheese’s trading cards with children’s faces on them. They also found binoculars and multiple computers and cameras, which were examined by the agency’s crime lab. Technicians were able to recover more than 5,000 pornographic or erotic images of children and 2,000 such images of the victim, including some photos and a video of Conklin performing sexual acts on the child. In subsequent interviews, the victim disclosed that Conklin had done inappropriate things to her.

In June 2016, the District Attorney’s Office got information that pornographic images and videos involving juveniles were located on Conklin’s computer at work.

The victim, now 11, testified during the trial, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jerry Smith and Holly McGinness. The jury voted 11 to 1 to convict Conklin on the aggravated rape charge and unanimously on the sexual battery and production of child pornography charges.

Slidell Man Convicted of Molesting 8-year-old Girl

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Sept. 13, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Latroy O. Simmons, 26, of Slidell, guilty Friday (Sept. 8) of molestation of a juvenile. He faces 25 to 99 years when sentenced Nov. 2 by District Judge Reginald Badeaux.

Simmons was staying with the family of an 8-year-old girl in 2014, when he molested her. The victim was asleep one night when she was awakened to Simmons, grabbing her legs. He continued touching her inappropriately until a noise startled him, and the victim ran into the bathroom. After suffering emotional problems and struggling in school for two years afterwards, the girl opened up and disclosed the incident to her mother, who called the police.

The Slidell Police Department investigated the case. Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and Luke Lancaster prosecuted it.

Franklinton Man Who Raped 5-year-old Girl Gets Life Sentence

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Sept. 12, 2017

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lance Grandison, 32, of Franklinton, has been sentenced to mandatory life in prison for raping a 5-year-old girl about six years ago. Grandison was convicted in August of first degree rape, which carries a mandatory life sentence without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

Grandison knew the family of the victim, now 11, who had been left in his care when the incident occurred in 2011. The victim disclosed the rape last year to her mother, who contacted the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Grandison was later arrested on a warrant.

A Washington Parish jury voted unanimously to convict him on Aug. 10.  The sentencing hearing was last Thursday (Sept. 7). Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Casey Dieck prosecuted the case before District Judge William Knight.