Some first-time offenders may be eligible to have their criminal records expunged, or removed from the public record. This applies to both misdemeanor and felony arrests and, in some cases, convictions. The Rapides Parish Clerk of Court has information concerning this process on their website at

Victims Assistance

The Victims Assistance 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.

Within 30 days, victims are contacted by a prosecutor, and kept informed throughout the case. Victims are informed of their rights, including the right to make a statement at sentencing and seek reparations. Staff answers any questions victims have about the judicial system and prepares them for what to expect in court. For those who need it, the program provides counseling referrals and assistance acquiring services such as food, medical care and shelter. If victims miss work ...

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Child Support

The District Attorney’s office enforces child support orders of the Civil District Court and the Juvenile Court in Rapides Parish through its Child Support Enforcement Division.

The DA’s office and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services perform support services through a cooperative endeavor agreement. Services are available for applicants who receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); IV-E cases (foster care cases in which the child received or may have been eligible for AFDC when they were judicially removed from the home); and Medicaid (non-IV-E and non-AFDC cases). The same services are also available with a $25 fee to applicants ...

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Meet Your District


You could say Phillip Terrell grew up in the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office. Terrell’s father, Jesse “Pete” Terrell, was

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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.


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.


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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