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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 >>
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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.
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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 >>
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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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A local defense attorney wants the young victim of alleged sex crimes and a child witness to be required to come into court and answer questions in front of the man accused.
It's the case of Sheldon Parker, accused of multiple counts of aggravated sexual contact with a teenaged victim.
Parker's attorney says the defendant has the right to face his accuser pre-trial, despite Louisiana laws that protect alleged victims of sex crimes-- especially children.
Parker was indicted by a grand jury and stands charged of forty counts of aggravated sexual contact with a young girl. Police say the victim was between thirteen and seventeen during the time Parker allegedly sexually abused her. Louisiana law allows a victim's testimony to be preserved on video to keep victims from having to repeatedly tell what happened, though there are provisions to use closed circuit tv if needed, to protect a vulnerable victim.
However, defense attorney Ted Hartman says Parker has a right to face his accuser in court-- even in a bond reduction hearing. "Consistent with the U.S.Constitution I do believe that the victim should have to come in and confront their accuser just to make sure that this is a real, that this is a real crime. We should be able to subpoena the victim to testify in court because they are the primary source of the evidence. And if you're going to argue weight of evidence you should have the victim in there," said Hartman.
Judge David Ritchie told Hartman putting the victim on the stand would serve only to harass and intimidate her so the defense could try to get a statement with inconsistencies, which would benefit Parker during trial.
District Attorney John DeRosier says defendants get to confront victims at trial, but even then, should be protected. "By way of closed circuit television and accomplish what needs to be accomplished. That does not mean, nor does it give defense attorneys the right to bring victims, young vulnerable victims, into the courtroom for every motion that he or she may file in order to protect the rights of a defendant," said DeRosier.
Judge Ritchie refused to require the witnesses to testify and denied Parker's request for his $500,000 bond to be reduced-- in part because he says Parker could be a danger to the community. Hartman disagrees he's a danger. "Yes I disagree with that. I don't think he's a danger to other people," said Parker after court.
Hartman is asking the Third Circuit Court of Appeal to review the issue.