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Month: January 2018

Lacombe Man Found Guilty of Aggravated Rape and Molestation of a Juvenile


January 23, 2018

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a ST. TAMMANY jury found Christopher Wayne Mullen, 44 years of age, from the town of Lacombe guilty of one count of Aggravated Rape and guilty of one count of Molestation of a Juvenile. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced February 28, 2018, before District Judge Swartz.

During the trial, which began January 16, 2018, witnesses testified that the Defendant Christopher Mullen repeatedly raped and molested the victim from the time she was four years of age until she disclosed the abuse at the age of seventeen.  Jurors also heard testimony from another victim who testified that the Defendant Mullen also had raped and molested her when he she was between the ages of five and six years old.  Assistant District Attorneys John Alford and Becky Jo Hollen argued that Mullen subjected both girls to years of repeated rape and sexual assault.  The acts of rape and sexual assault only came to light and ended when one of the victims was able to get the courage to disclose the abuse to her boyfriend who had his family help her to contact law enforcement.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty as to both counts. The case was investigated by the Detective Carli Messina of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Covington Man Indicted on Second Degree Murder

Jan. 16, 2017

COVINGTON—A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Cesar Roy Ronald Rivas Castillo, 38, of Covington, Thursday (Jan. 11) of second degree murder in the death of  a man found in a vehicle on Airport Road north of Covington last September.

Castillo is charged with shooting to death Felipe Arnoldo Rodriguez Saucedo, who was found dead Sept. 19 in his vehicle in a ditch on Airport Road near Covington.  Saucedo had fatal gunshot wounds to his head. Castillo was arrested three days later.