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Grand Jury Indicts Five People in Fatal Slidell Shooting


Feb. 21, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted five people Friday (Feb. 17) with second degree murder and other charges related to a Slidell shoot-out that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old man in January.

The shooting occurred Jan. 8 when two parties began firing at each other during a drug transaction, which resulted in the death of Javonte Donaldson. Those charged in the incident are:

  • Christover A. Davis, 22, of Slidell, second degree murder
  • Anthony Akeem Ussin, 26, of Slidell, principal to second degree murder
  • Cody Winchell Hartley, 20, of Slidell, principal to second degree murder and obstruction of justice
  • Joshua Calvin Gayles, 22, of Slidell, attempted second degree murder, principal to second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, three counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm, and obstruction of justice
  • Amira Shantell Bickham, 19, of Slidell, principal to second degree murder and three counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm

The grand jury also returned indictments in two additional cases:

  • John Eugene Burgess, 58, of Lacombe, was charged with four counts of first degree rape of a victim under the age of 13 in the rape of three victims, who were ages 10, 5, and 9 at the time of the crimes, between March and September 2016.
  • Trey Allen Boudreaux, 18, of Pearl River, and a 16-year-old juvenile were charged with first-degree rape of a victim who suffered from a physical or mental infirmity. The crime occurred between Dec. 1, 2015, and August 23, 2016.

Grand Jury Indicts Two Former Franco’s Athletic Club Workers


Feb. 17, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith announced the indictment and arrest of  two former Franco’s Athletic Club employees Friday (Feb. 17) on charges of racketeering, theft, identity theft, and money laundering in a scheme that bilked the Mandeville company of more than $1.7 million.

The indictment accuses Emily L. Davis, 42, of Ponchatoula, the club’s former finance director, and Jennifer E. Thompson, 45, of Mandeville, the human resources director, of conspiring between March 1, 2008 and July 31, 2016, to steal cash and electronic funds systematically from Franco’s in the following ways:

  • Taking more than $1.4 million in cash for their personal uses
  • Erasing more than $165,000 in personal, in-house credit account charges through the use of fictitious bank accounts
  • Erasing more than $19,000 in personal loans from their employer’s 401K retirement fund
  • Laundering the proceeds by making cash deposits, totaling $300,000 in various personal bank accounts

Davis and Thompson have been charged with racketeering, three counts of theft, and one count each of money laundering. Davis was charged with an additional count of theft and two counts of identity theft for allegedly using the name of the club’s owners to obtain $1,000 without authorization on two different occasions. The charges are based on an investigation by the joint Financial Crimes Task Force, headed by Sgt. Stefan Montgomery, Det. Jason Mire, and Assistant District Attorney Butch Ward.

Both women are in the custody of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.


Mount Hermon Man Pleads Guilty to Rape

Feb. 9, 2017

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reported that David Peek, 56, of Mount Hermon, pleaded guilty Tuesday (Feb. 7) to forcible rape, aggravated incest, and 27 counts of possession of child pornography with children under age 13.

District Judge Allison Penzato sentenced him to 35 years in prison on the forcible rape charge, 25 years on the incest charge, and 20 years on the pornography charges. All of the sentences will be served at the same time. Peek is also required to register as a sex offender if he is ever released from prison. The District Attorney’s Office contacted the victims’ families, who agreed to the terms of the plea.

The victim was 8 or 9 years old when Peek began fondling her and then had sex with her in his Mount Hermon home. He eventually had sex with the victim on two separate occasions. Several years later, a teacher became concerned about the girl and notified her parents. When questioned, the girl reported the abuse to her father, and the family contacted police. Soon afterward, another victim came forward and reported that Peek had made inappropriate sexual contact with her when she was between the ages of 9 and 12 during a visit to his home.

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated and took a statement from Peek, who claimed that any inappropriate touching was accidental or happened while he was sleeping. After obtaining a search warrant, investigators found numerous images of child pornography on Peek’s phone. Peek was charged initially with aggravated rape, but it was amended to forcible rape as part of the plea agreement.


D.A. Joined public officials and the Council on Aging St. Tammany for a Walk around the Justice Center

Yesterday Afternoon (Feb. 8) was a beautiful day for a walk when District Attorney Warren Montgomery joined Julie Agan, Executive Director of the Council On Aging St. Tammany (COAST), for the group’s “Getting Into the Grove With our Seniors on the Move” walk around the Justice Center in Covington.  The walk was in support of St. Tammany Parish seniors staying active, healthy and independent. Other public officials who participated were Covington Mayor Mike Cooper, Covington Chief of Police Tim Lentz and Slidell Council Member Glynn Pichon (District A).  For more information about all of the great things this organization is doing, visit its website at: http://coastseniors.org/wpress/.   

D.A.’s Bogalusa Juvenile Program Van Gets Donated Upgrades

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BOGALUSA—District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s juvenile community service program in Bogalusa benefitted recently from new safety features added to its van by the City Prosecutor’s Office.

The van is used to transport juveniles under court supervision to pick up litter throughout Bogalusa as part of the youths’ punishment. City Prosecutor David Merlin Duke financed the installation of lettering across the vehicle’s sides and most recently a caution light bar atop it to alert motorists.

The van was donated a couple of years ago by the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, which provides housing and other services for juveniles awaiting court dates or adjudication in five parishes. Once a vehicle in the center’s fleet reaches 100,000 miles, it is considered surplus and can no longer be used for the regular transport of juveniles to proceedings in the various parishes. The center’s board decided to donate its surplus van to the District Attorney’s juvenile program, which is supervised in Bogalusa by Mike Breland. The program’s previous van was at least 30 years old.

The public officials in the attached photo are (from left to right): David Merlin Duke, Bogalusa City Prosecutor; Tonia Deleon, Juvenile Court Clerk; City Court Judge Robert J. Black; District Attorney Warren Montgomery; Darrell Darden, Juvenile Investigator; Joseph Dominick, Executive Director, Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center; Mike Breland, Supervisor, Juvenile Community Service Program.