Cardell Hayes files for new trial in killing of former Saints star Will Smith

Cardell Hayes wasted no time filing a motion for a new trial.

Just two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that non-unanimous jury verdicts violate the Constitution, Hayes’ attorneys filed a motion seeking to overturn his 10-2 manslaughter verdict handed down in 2016. 

Hayes fatally shot former Saints star defensive lineman Will Smith and wounded Smith’s wife Raquel following a fender bender attributed to road rage. He is currently serving a 25-year sentence. 

 

New Orleans inmate's fentanyl overdose sparks lawsuit against Sheriff Gusman: 'This is a pattern'

New Orleanians have become all too familiar with the toll of the opioid epidemic, which in recent years has claimed more lives in the city than gun violence.

But according to the coroner and a new lawsuit, a fatal fentanyl overdose one year ago happened in the last place where people should have access to illicit drugs: the city's jail.

Last week, relatives filed a suit in federal court alleging that the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office and the jail’s private health care provider failed to take steps that would have prevented the death of 28-year-old Edward Patterson.

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Company to pay $9 million after allegedly selling defective combat earplugs to US military

A contracting company agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold the U.S. military defective earplugs.

The Minnesota-based 3M Company allegedly sold its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, to the Defense Logistics Agency without disclosing defects that decreased the actual effectiveness of the hearing protection the device offered.

 

 

Troubling questions loom over Orleans Parish Jail death

Patterson's family said they have yet to be contacted by the sheriff. But using information from other sources, including inmates, they have pieced together a troubling picture of a death that could they believe could have – and should have – been prevented.

NEW ORLEANS -- Edward Patterson had been locked up inside the Orleans Justice Center for nearly three years, waiting to go to trial on an attempted murder charge. Besides being an inmate, he was a husband, a father...

 

Disabled Vet Accused of Terrorizing

An attorney representing man who was accused of threatening to “shoot up” a Thibodaux store last month said his client suffers from PTSD and is a decorated Army war veteran.

Louis Albarado, 68, Thibodaux, was charged with terrorizing following an incident at the Walmart at 410 North Canal Blvd., the Thibodaux Police Department said. Shortly after 2:09 p.m. Dec. 23, the suspect entered the store and became irate after someone took his grocery cart...

 

 

28-year-old inmate dies in New Orleans jail

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An official says an inmate being held at the New Orleans jail for attempted murder has died after being found unresponsive in his cell.

Blake Arcuri, general counsel for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office which runs the jail, says in a statement that the 28-year-old inmate died Monday.

 

 

Thank you: "You gave me your word to work your hardest on my case and you kept yours."

"All we have is our word. I promised you something years ago even if it was playing around. You gave me your word to work your hardest on my case and you kept yours. I am forever grateful for what you did for me."

- Testimonial: John C.

 

 

Lafourche councilman charged with violating protective order

A Lafourche Parish councilman has once again denied three criminal charges against him but got a new charge Thursday of violating a protective order.

In state District Court Thursday, James Bourgeois pleaded not guilty to an amended charge of violation of the homestead exemption law and a second charge of simple battery...

 

 

 

Lafourche School Board member claims man stalked him

A judge has issued a permanent protective order against a man who claims a Lafourche Parish School Board member lives outside of the district he serves.

State District Judge Christopher Boudreaux issued the order against Kenneth Johnson, of Raceland, on behalf of Richmond Boyd Jr....

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Attempted murder suspect granted bond reduction

A 17-year-old male charged with attempted second-degree murder following a shooting in Houma in October was granted a bond reduction Wednesday.

According to the Houma Police Department, Jedoireiyon Williams was involved in the shooting about 11:50 a.m. Oct. 18 in the vicinity of Morgan and Main streets that left a 41-year-old man injured.

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Charges dropped in Thibodaux convenience store slaying

Prosecutors have dropped charges against a suspect in the Dec. 26, 2014, killing of a Thibodaux convenience store owner.

Bruce Johnson, 27, of Napoleonville was released from the Lafourche Parish jail today, sheriff’s Sgt. Brennan Matherne confirmed.

Thibodaux Police had charged Johnson with first-degree murder in the shooting of Lillian Alexis, 57, during an armed robbery at Mojeaux’s, 1200 Tiger Drive.... Read More

 

Charges dropped in death of unborn child

Charges have been dropped for a Gibson man accused of beating his girlfriend and killing their unborn child in early May.

Charges have been dropped for a Gibson man accused of beating his girlfriend and killing their unborn child in early May.

Tyson Cheavis, 37, of Jimmy’s Trailer Court, was charged May 6 with second-degree feticide, but the Terrebonne District Attorney’s Office dropped the charge Monday... Read More

Mr. Santana has been invited as a special guest speaker at the "Putting Veterans First" clinic to be held at the Terrebonne Parish Library.

Join us on the following Saturdays from 10:00am -1:00pm Upcoming Dates: April 27th, & May 4th

Get help learning to file for Veteran's Benefits and become educated on PTSD and other diseases associated with Agent Orange as well as many other topics of Interest to Veterans.

 

 

 

Ex-Louisiana Politician Falsified Address for Reflection

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Louisiana politician falsified his address to qualify for reflection last year and is ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution.

The Courier reports former Lafourche parish councilman John Arnold pleaded guilty Tuesday over two criminal mischief counts, was placed on two years unsupervised probation and also fined $500 plus court costs. District Attorney Cam Morvant II said in a statement the 42-year-old has paid half the restitution with the rest due before probation ends... Read More

 

Charges dropped in Raceland quadruple shooting

Prosecutors declined charges today for two men accused in a Dec. 6 quadruple shooting at a party on Market Street in Raceland.

Jordan Williams, 23, and Kendell Thibodeaux, 22, both of Houma, were charged Dec. 29 after Tra’von Folse, 20, was killed and three other men were injured. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office charged Thibodeaux with second-degree murder and both men with attempted murder.

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Charges dropped for sex offender accused of using online dating site

Destinee Chaisson, 23, of Ann Carol Street, was charged last July with the unlawful use of a social networking website, but charges were dropped Thursday in Judge George Larke’s courtroom.

Destinee Chaisson, 23, of Ann Carol Street, was charged last July with the unlawful use of a social networking website, but charges were dropped Thursday in Judge George Larke’s courtroom... Read More

 

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