Felony trials set in 9th Judicial Court

Following is a list of felony trials set in Judge John C. Davidson’s District D courtroom for the week of Aug. 9:

  • Mountville Townley, forcible rape.
  • James Givens Jr., two counts of murder
  • Ronald C. Toussaint, forcible rape
  • Quaderric D. McGinnis, 2 coutns criminal obstruction of justice, possession of CDS II, possession of CDS II to distribute
  • Thomas D. Crawford, possession of CDS II to distribute
  • Herman H. Wilson Jr., burglary of a religious building
  • Andra D. Cannon, attempted second-degree murder
  • Jerry L. Bordelon, theft, second degree battery and aggravated assault.
  • Cany6on D. Wells, theft
  • Eric D. Goynes, possession of CDS IIII to distribute
  • Knud B. Morris, second-degree cruelty to juvenile
  • Lori A. Morris, second degree cruelty to juveile and accessory after the fact
  • George Frazier Jr., possession of CDS III and possession of marijuana
  • Byron Reed, possession of CDS III and contraband in correctional institute
  • Darren Chew, simple burglary
  • Melissa A. McLaughlin, possession of CDS III
  • Jermaine Davis, two counts of armed robbery and aggravated burglary
  • John W. Bennett, possession of CDS III

Following is a list of felony trials set in Judge Thomas M. Yeager’s Division B courtroom for the week of Aug. 9:

  • George R. Roberts, second degree aggravated battery
  • Edward L. Charles, possession of CDS III to distribute
  • Jeffery L. Brant, DWI 4
  • Aaron L. Long, aggravated assault of a police officer and carrying an illegal weapon, drugs
  • McKinley Wilton, accessory after the fact
  • Keith A. Brown, entry of an inhabited dwelling and burglary of a vehicle
  • Louis H. Beridon Jr., DWI 4
  • Katie R. Devine, theft between $300 and $500
  • Jamaica N. Sherman, possession of CDS III

Teacher Sherry Gentle free of criminal charges relating to sex with student

Sherry Gentle, the Arthur F. Smith Middle Magnet School teacher accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student, will not face any charges relating to the matter, according to the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.

On April 29, a Rapides Parish grand jury, returned a no true bill in connection with the three counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, 20 counts of cyberstalking and one count of stalking.

Gentle was arrested in December and twice in January when the teenager’s grandmother accused Gentle of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with her grandson.

“Nothing ever happened,” Gentle told The Town Talk in a recent interview. “I’m just glad that the grand jury saw that and make the right decision. Justice prevailed.”

Gentle, who had been a Rapides Parish School District teacher for three years, was placed on administrative leave without pay. She later resigned.

Gentle told The Town Talk she “doesn’t hold any of that against the pupil or his grandmother.”

3rd Circuit Court overturns Lecompte’s former assistant police chief’s guilty verdict

By EverythingCenla staff

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, March 10, overturned a guilty verdict for attempted incident behavior with a juvenile for Todd Andrew Jones, Lecompte’s former assistant police chief, according to the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.

The case was first heard in Ninth Judicial District Judge John C. Davidson’s Court in 2008.

The Appeals Court found that the jury’s determination that defendant had committed a lewd and lascivious act was incorrect and reversed the conviction and sentence. The opinion and the trial record will be reviewed and a determination made as to whether to seek a review by the Louisiana Supreme Court.  Assistant D.A. Mike Shannon prosecuted.

During the trial, the juvenile victim testified that he visited his girlfriend at her home in Alexandria and the girlfriend’s mother and her uncle were present.  Jones was also present.  The two men were sitting in the uncle’s bedroom talking and the 15-year-old victim walked into the room and asked if Jones would give him a ride to a store.  Jones replied “You couldn’t get something for nothing.”

When the juvenile boy asked Jones what he meant, Jones told him to “put my d___ in his mouth.”  The juvenile left the room and reported the episode to his girlfriend’s mother and she advised him to call his mother, who then called the police.

The victim also testified that on a prior occasion when the two men were together, one of them had made a comment about wanting to see some pubic hair.  The jury convicted Jones of attempted indecent behavior with a juvenile which is defined by statute as committing a lewd or lascivious act in the presence of any child under the age of 17 with the intent of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of either person.

Jones at trial admitted that he had made the statement but testified he was just joking.

Clyde Reed’s second-degree murder trial expected to start week of March 8

By EverythingCenla staff

The second-degree murder trial of Clyde Reed accused of shooting and killing a neighbor in September 2008, is scheduled to start the week of March 8, according to the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office felony trial docket.

Ninth Judicial District Judge John C. Davidson is expected to preside over the jury trial.

A grand jury indicted Reed on Feb. 26, 2009. He reportedly shot and killed 28-year-old Jimmy Cordell Leach during an ongoing feud between the two.

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s officials reported Leach had gone to Reed’s home, and the two started arguing in the yard. According to published reports, Reed fired shots at Leach, striking him once in the upper left chest.

Reed was charged with second-degree murder.

Other felony trials on the docket are for:

  • Jamarcus D. Dorsey, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.
  • Joseph M. Elie III, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and illegal use of a weapon.
  • Kenneth J. Brown, attempted entry of an inhabited dwelling.
  • Latonya M. Young, theft greater than $500.
  • Silentoe K. Foster, possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance III and dogfighting.
  • Gregory R. Newman, three counts of armed robbery.
  • Christopher D. Johnson, two counts of possession of CDS II.
  • Sheana R. Woods, forgery
  • Artamus M. Kay, possession of cocaine
  • Derrick Miller, two counts of CDS II possession to distribute and CDS I possession to distribute.
  • Freddie P. Lachney Jr., possession of CDS IV
  • Debra A. Schrock, possession of CDS IV and two counts of possession of CDS II
  • Darryl J. Jeansonne, two counts of aggravated battery and domestic abuse by strangulation
  • Donald W. Chapman, obstruction of criminal justice
  • Wesley G. Simon, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of CDS II
  • Ernest A. Scott, possession of CDS II to distribute and possession of CDS III to distribute
  • Allison L. Dubois, create/operating of CLAND lab and possession of CDS II
  • Douglas O. Coleman, creating/operating of CLAND lab, possession of CDS II, possession of prescription drugs and aggravated flight from officer
  • William L. Reavis, aggravated battery.
  • Felton Hurst Jr., two counts of aggravated battery, simple robbery, car jacking, purse snatching, and simple criminal damage between $500 and $50,000.
  • James L. Miles Jr., possession of CDS I to distribute and domestic abuse by strangulation.
  • Kenneth E. Albert, DWI 4
  • Kenderick J. Cyriak, possession of DS I to distribute
  • David L. Chew, entry of an inhabited dwelling and simple kidnapping.
  • Charles J. Cooley, second-degree battery.
  • David A. Cooley, second-degree battery.
  • Carl R. Hull Jr., possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated flight from officer
  • Sam Deal, possession of CDS II to distribute.
  • Eric D. Goynes, possession of CDS II to distribute.
  • Landrew Recard, posession of CDS II and possession of marijuana.
  • Remono L. Smith, possession of firearm by felon.
  • Timothy J.Smiley, pornography with juveniles
  • Tina S. Brown, possession of CDS II
  • James E. Hart Jr., domestic abuse battery
  • James P. Lachney, possession of CDS III and possession of CDS IV
  • Tauriez D. Shaw, two counts of attempted murder 2

9 years later, Amanda Gutweiler Kelly sentenced in death of children

By EverythingCenla staff

Almost 10 years after the death of her children, Amanda Gutweiler Kelly was sentenced after she pleaded guilty to three counts of negligent homicide, a lesser charge than the original charges of three counts of homicide, according to the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court records.

Kelly, 30, appeared in the Ninth Judicial Court today with her attorney, J. Small. She was originally indicted on three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the January 2001 Tioga fire that took the lives of her three children: Sadii Plumm, 10, Luke Hayden, 6, and Jessica Gutweiler, 3. She faced the death penalty until that indictment was thrown out in 2006.

Today, District Court Judge John D. Davison ordered Kelly to serve five years per charge to be served concurrent. Davison gave Kelly credit for time served of four years, one month and 27 days. She was released from custody with the completion of the case.