Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:33 PM EST2013-12-05 04:33:22 GMT
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:19 PM EST2013-12-05 00:19:06 GMT
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
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The jury had been picked but not sworn when the murder trial of Robyn Little Davis and Carol Noland "Sissy" Saltzman came to a halt last year when the prosecutor became ill.
Judge David Ritchie granted a continuance and defense attorneys have argued since then that the delay was unfair and prejudicial to the women, because it amounts to the state getting another chance to which defense attorney Glen Vamvoras says they are not entitled. "They got a trial run in November and now they're going to come back with having shored up some deficiencies that were apparent in November."
But Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier says defense attorneys often make that argument. "It is not unusual for defense lawyers to take a position that basically any action we take, particularly when it's out of the ordinary normal course of events, should result in charges being dismissed. That is not uncommon at all."
The judge granted a continuance but the Third Circuit Court of Appeal says it was really a recess-- because the judge had no authority to grant a continuance and that the trial should go an as soon as possible with the original jury if that doesn't prejudice either side. DeRosier said even if the state called it a continuance at the time it was a recess. "We sometimes use words in their generic sense, like continuance as opposed to recess, but we argued on appeal in our brief that this was a recess and perfectly legal to do under the law."
Vamvoras says he's never heard of such a recess, "We've been five months since the jury was sent home unsworn. That's the longest recess I've heard of."
Defense attorneys plan to file papers by the end of the week asking the State Supreme Court to review the case and put the trial set for April 23 on hold. Still, for now, both sides say they are preparing for this month.