There are currently eight assistant district attorneys assigned to the Felony Division. They prosecute violent and nonviolent cases classified as offenses against the person, offenses against property, offenses affecting the family, offenses affecting public morals, offenses affecting the public generally and offenses affecting organized government.
The District Attorney’s Office receives criminal reports of arrest and investigations from law enforcement agencies and decides whether to file formal criminal charges. In some instances, particularly when the crime is punishable by death or life in prison or when more information is required to decide the appropriate charge, the case will be assigned to a grand jury.
Cases are moved through the system with the intent to reach resolution as expeditiously as possible, while safeguarding the constitutional rights of the defendants.
Many cases are resolved without trial by agreement between the defendant and the District Attorney’s Office, but only when the interests of the state and identified victims are best served by such an agreement.
Courts are on the 4th and 6th floors of the Rapides Parish Courthouse
This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, with the theme “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.” Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell and his office were proud sponsors of the Fifth Annual Victims Rights Parade held Saturday, April 7, 2018. As part of the commemoration of this year’s Victims’ Rights Week, our own Assistant District Attorney Numa V. Metoyer, III was a speaker at the event. The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office is committed to providing services and support to all crime victims through our Victim Assistance Program. This program is designed to assist victims and families through the justice process by providing information, answering questions and helping with problems arising as a result of the crime. The leaders of our Victim Assistance Program are Melanie Millet and Clifford Gaitlin.
The Rapides Parish Grand Jury met on February 27, 2018. District Attorney Phillip Terrell reports the following individuals were indicted as follows: Donterio Wesley Wilson for the charges of First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery; Kevin Demarcus Thompson for the charges of First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery; and Fredrick Dewayne Sanders for the charges of First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery This report was submitted to the Honorable Thomas M. Yeager, Judge, Ninth Judicial District, Parish of Rapides.
On January 30, 2018, the Grand Jury was duly selected and empaneled for the Parish of Rapides. Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell and his staff presented several cases for consideration. As a result, the Grand Jury returned true bills charging the following persons: State V. Juantavies Delyon White - First Degree Rape; State V. Richard Scott Dauzart a/k/a Robert Edward Doherty - First Degree Rape, Sexual Battery (Two Counts), Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation (Nine Counts), and Domestic Abuse Battery (Five Counts); State V. Cecil Earl Phillip, Jr. - First Degree Rape, Sexual Battery, Domestic Abuse Battery-Strangulation (Three Counts), Obstruction of Justice, Second Degree Battery, Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault, Violation of a Protective Order (Nine Counts), and False Imprisonment. Judge Thomas M. Yeager received and accepted the report from the Grand Jury.