Ex-Jennings chief enters not guilty plea in malfeasance case

JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - A former Jennings police chief, accused of taking items from the department's evidence room, entered a plea in court this week.

Johnny Lassiter entered a plea of not guilty on Thursday during a brief court appearance.

He is charged with malfeasance and other felony counts.

Lassiter is slated to stand trial on Sept. 16.

He was arrested in January on charges of theft over $1,500.

He resigned as a police officer on Jan. 8, just three days before Louisiana State Police arrested him.

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