PROSECUTION


Juvenile


The Juvenile Division handles all matters involving youths from 10 to 16 years old.

Among the cases the division handles are juvenile traffic tickets, Family in Need of Services matters, Child in Need of Care matters, delinquency matters (any matter that would be a crime if the youth were an adult) and juvenile drug court.

The Juvenile Division also has a Pretrial Intervention Program which allow offenders who meet certain criteria to avoid appearance in juvenile court by fulfilling certain conditions.

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Division strives to encourage juveniles and their families to develop practices which promote good citizenship and the development of safe communities.

Planned in the near future is a Truancy Court to address the epidemic of youth not attending school. This court will allow a judge to hold parents accountable for not sending their children to school.
 

court locations

Courts are on the 4th and 6th floors of the Rapides Parish Courthouse

News

PRESS RELEASE

On July 28, 2015, Gerald Eugene Thomas, was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder; aggravated rape and false imprisonment. Subsequently, on September 24, 2015, he was indicted by a Rapides Parish Grand Jury for attempted second degree murder; Forcible Rape and Second Degree Kidnapping. Trial commenced on May 2, 2017 and the jury found Mr. Thomas guilty of attempted second degree murder and simple kidnapping. He was found not guilty of forcible rape. Sentencing has been set for June 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

PRESS RELEASE

On May 2, 2017, the trial of Billy Dean Cotton commenced before a Rapides Parish jury for the offense of Second Degree murder. The trial lasted 3 days and on May 4, 2017, the jury, after deliberating for 30 minutes, unanimously found him guilty of Second Degree Murder. Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney’s Cheryl A. Carter and John T. Giordano prosecuted the case. The family of the victim was grateful and appreciated all the hard work done by the Rapides District Attorney’s Office.

PRESS RELEASE

On April 26, 2017, the 9th Judicial District Grand Jury met and returned true bills of indictment as follows: Timothy Teasley, First Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder; Natarsha Elizabeth Meredith, First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery; Daniel Maverick Mikkelson, Sr., First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery; Kendrick Treman Davis, Second Degree Murder, Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance Schedule II, Possession with intent to distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance Schedule I, Possession with intent to distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance Schedule IV and Five (5) Counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; and Derrick Dwayne Berry, Second Degree Murder and Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Schedule II

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