A busy day in court

By Evan Johnson - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was a busy day at the 14th Judicial Court as sentences were handed down by the judge.

Back in January, a woman was stabbed to death in the Chateau Du Lac Apartment Complex. Now, a judge has ruled, Deon Granger is mentally fit to stand trial.  Two psychologists examined him and both believe he can assist his attorney if he continues to take his current medication. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 2nd degree murder.  His trial is now set for December 7, 2009

The teen blamed for a shooting at the corner of Moss and Mill Streets in Lake Charles last year that injured a 13-year-old makes a plea deal. 19-year-old Dane Darbonne was indicted on an attempted second degree murder charge. He pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter and other firearms charges.  Darbonne has been sentenced to a total of nine years.

Remember Kenneth Richard?  He's the wheelchair bound man accused of robbing a Moss Bluff home. Judge Wyatt reduced his simple burglary charge to unlawful entry. Richard pleaded guilty to that, and was sentenced to time served. The judge also ordered the sheriff's office to return Richard's motorized wheelchair.

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