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Month: July 2020

Grand Jury Indicts Former Bogalusa Chamber Director on Theft Charge

 

 

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Marilyn G. Bateman, 77, of Bogalusa, Tuesday (July 21) on a charge of theft over $25,000.

Bateman, former director of the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce, is accused of stealing at least $100,000 from the organization.

Assistant District Attorney Blair B. Alford presented the case to the grand jury.

Grand Jury Indicts Franklinton Man of Second Degree Murder

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury indicted Jo’Andre Dawson, 21, of Franklinton Tuesday (July 21) of second degree murder and obstruction of justice.

Dawson is accused of fatally shooting Ja’Quarius Taylor, 17, several times in the head near a large pond in the Angie area on Jan. 12 this year. Dawson also is accused of tampering with several items of evidence, following the shooting.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Corbet Hunt was the lead investigator. Assistant District Attorney David Weilbaecher presented the case to the grand jury. The defendant is currently being held at the Washington Parish jail on an $800,000 bond.

 

Grand Jury Indicts Slidell Man On Second Degree Murder Charge

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Reuben Patrick Cousin, 23, of Slidell, Thursday (July 16) with second degree murder in the death of a Slidell man in April.

Cousin, also known as “Rambo,” is accused of stabbing to death Emanuel “Manny” Cousin (no relation), 22, of Slidell, during an incident in a Slidell home on April 23 at about 11 a.m.

Assistant District Attorney Tiffany T. Dover presented the case to the grand jury.

 

Grand Jury Indicts Mandeville Man In Death Of Infant

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Brian Joel Young, 21, of Mandeville, Thursday (July 16) on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his infant son.

Young is accused of killing his son, Kaisen Young, who was six months old at the time of his death in April.

The grand jury also indicted Young on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Assistant District Attorney William T. Macke presented the case to the grand jury.

 

St. Tammany Grand Jury Indicts Abita Springs Man In Drug Death of Woman

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury has indicted John Jacob Jenkins, 49, of Abita Springs, on charges of second degree murder, sexual abuse of an animal, and possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance.

Jenkins is accused of killing Jennifer Deblonde Jacob, 37, on Oct. 7, 2019. He also is accused of “knowingly and intentionally filming, distributing, or possessing pornographic images of a person and an animal engaged in sexual contact.”
The grand jury also indicted Angela Lynn Griffin, 47, of Covington, on a charge of sexual abuse of an animal in connection with the case.

St. Tammany Grand Jury Indicts Lacombe Man In Murder of Live-In Girlfriend

 

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Fernando Randolph Cortez, 26, of Lacombe, Thursday (July 3) on a charge of second degree murder.

Cortez is accused of stabbing to death Sandra Aldridge, his live-in girlfriend, on April 17, 2020. The case has been assigned to District Judge William J. Knight.

Assistant District Attorney William Macke presented the case to the grand jury.

Woman Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Animal Cruelty In Case Of Dog With Missing Legs

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that Lynette Victor, 51, of Slidell, pleaded guilty Tuesday (June 30) to aggravated cruelty to animals in a case involving a dog named Buddy.

District Judge Raymond S. Childress sentenced Victor to seven years in the Department of Corrections, which was suspended, three years of probation, a $5,000 fine, and restitution for veterinary expenses. Victor also is prohibited from owning any animals during the duration of her probation, and he ordered a mental health evaluation and any recommended treatment. The charge does not carry mandatory jail time, and the judge has discretion to sentence a first-time offender to probation.

“We are happy that we achieved justice in this case,” Montgomery said. “We were all outraged, as you were, by the criminal mistreatment of Buddy, which is why we pursued the most serious charge warranted by the facts of the case. We appreciate the judge’s order that the defendant may not own or possess an animal as a part of her sentence. We also urge would-be pet owners to consider the major responsibilities of owning and taking care of a pet properly before bringing a pet into your life. We are thankful for the tremendous community support and concern for Buddy, who is now doing well.”

Victor was arrested in September 2019, after Buddy, a mixed Dachshund-Chihuahua, was discovered, abandoned in a trailer park, suffering from severe malnutrition and internal parasites, and missing his two hind legs. Victor told investigators that the dog, who belonged to her daughter, had been shot by an unknown person in February and had begun dragging his legs. The mother and daughter took him to a veterinarian but were not able to afford the recommended treatment, and the veterinarian sent them home with prescribed medication and instructions to wrap the dog’s legs. The daughter created a “Go Fund Me” campaign to assist with the dog’s medical care but was unable to generate any funding.

The mother admitted that, since the dog belonged to her daughter, she required her daughter to take care of him. The daughter claimed she must have bandaged the dog’s legs too tightly, causing them to fall off.

Buddy, who has a new family, has recovered from his injuries and is mobile, thanks to a special wheelchair.