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
On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Frank John Selas entered a plea of guilty to one (1) count of Indecent Behavior With a Juvenile and received a sentence of five (5) years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, with credit for time served since the date of his arrest on January 25, 2016. After several meetings and conversations with the victim in this matter, it was determined that due to the sensitive nature of this case it was in the best interest of the victim and his family to bring this matter to a conclusion in a manner that would avoid putting the victim and his family through a public trial which would have been covered by countless media outlets. The victim was always the primary concern of the District Attorney’s Office, and it is the desire of the District Attorney’s Office to allow the victim and his family to maintain as much anonymity and privacy as possible without having to repeat the details of this incident in the public setting of a courtroom. The District Attorney’s Office would like to commend the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, the United States Marshal’s Service, and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for all of their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this case.
Akeely Blade Jr. was found guilty today by a 12 member Jury on All Counts, 1st Degree Murder, Conspiracy to commit 2nd Degree Robbery and 2nd Degree Robbery.
The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will be having "Donuts and DAs" this week from Monday October 9 through Friday October 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the new Joey Giordano Special Victim's Division on the corner of 5th and Washington. There will be an Assistant District Attorney at the new location for the victims to talk with about their concerns during these times. Please join us.