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Month: January 2020

District Attorney Warren Montgomery participates in Northshore Food Bank’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Last week, District Attorney Warren Montgomery and other elected representatives and community leaders from St. Tammany Parish, were proud to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Northshore Food Bank’s new location, hosted by the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

 

(From left to right; Jessica Fleming, Harold Bartholomew, Susan Fleming, Warren Montgomery, and Donna Montgomery)

 

Grand Jury Indicts Four from Slidell for Second Degree Murder

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January 16, 2020

 

SLIDELL- A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Nicholas Ordogne, 19, Jawaun Wilson, 18, Revonte Charles, 18, and Jaydin Charles, 16, for Second Degree Murder of a Slidell Resident on October 18, 2019.

The four are accused of murdering a Slidell resident during a planned robbery in an attempt to obtain illegal drugs and money from the Slidell resident.

Additionally, Nicholas Ordogne, Jawaun Wilson, and Revonte Charles were indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery with a Firearm.

The Slidell Police Department investigated the case and Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Dover presented the case to the Grand Jury.

Abita Springs Man Found Guilty of Aggravated Rape

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January 10, 2020

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Craig Anthony Marquez, 57, of Abita Springs, guilty of Aggravated Rape of a victim under 13. He faces a mandatory life sentence without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension when he is sentenced March 10, 2020 before District Judge Zaunbrecher. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Angad Ghai and Michael Cochran.

On July 12, 2016, police encountered a visibly distraught man walking down the highway.  Through tears, the man told the officers his girlfriend’s young daughter had the previous night revealed to the couple that she had been sexually assaulted by a family friend, who had been left to care for her while they were at work.

The St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, with particular credit to Officer Megan Sellstrom, conducted an investigation of the complaint. During forensic interviews, the victim reported that Marquez had been sexually abusing her for an extended time.

In his closing argument at the conclusion of the trial, Assistant District Attorney Cochran rebutted the defense attorney’s claim that the victim may have been “coached” or was “confused” about the accusations. Cochran argued that the victim, as young as she was, who “barely had the words to describe what had happened to her,” was able to clearly detail the abuse, including the sound of his footsteps, what he would wear, and the beer on his breath. ADA Ghai reminded the jury what expert witness Dr. Neha Mehta stated: that this young victim showed all the signs of having “first-hand knowledge.”

Ghai reminded the Jury of the last question asked of the defendant during his cross-examination at trial: “Mr. Marquez are you saying the victim…that we just heard testify…is lying?”  Marquez responded, “No.” Ghai faced the jury and said, “Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, that’s as close to a confession as you’re ever gonna get”.

DA Montgomery Health Update

“As many of you have heard, I had surgery last October at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  I want to thank everyone for your prayers, encouragement, and support during my illness.  Contrary to rumors, I am on the mend, back at work full-time, and running for re-election in 2020.”

-District Attorney Warren Montgomery