Caddo District Attorney’s Most Notable Convictions of 2012
The Caddo Parish District Attorney's office has released a list of notable convictions achieved by the office in 2012.
"The message is this...the men and women of the District Attorney's Office work hard to make Caddo Parish a safer place," D.A. Charles Scott says. "Also, we want to thank the men and women of the Shreveport Police Department, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office and the local crime lab."
Here are several of the most memorable cases from last year:
Tina Vanmoerkerque entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder last January, rather than face a jury trial, for her part in the murder-for-hire shooting death of Ernest Luttrell. He was found dead in his home in the 12200 block of Greenwood-Springridge Road in Keithville in July 2010.
Shreveport's former Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Rick Seaton was convicted in January of forcible rape and abuse of office following a bench trial. He was sentenced to 15 years on the rape charge and three for abuse of office. He was accused in December 2010 of forcing an out-of-town teenaged visitor to the Independence Bowl to have sex with him in the mayor's office.
A second trial for Robert Glen Coleman netted him another conviction for first-degree murder in February. He was sentenced to the death penalty. He had been found guilty in 2005 and got a death sentence for killing retired minister Julian Brandon at a home on Primitive Baptist Church Road in 2003. The state Supreme Court ordered a new trial in 2008.
Samuel Lee Jordan was convicted by a Caddo Parish jury in July for the December 2008 death of eight-week-old Lyrica Kennedy. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
Eddie L. Jackson was found guilty by a Caddo Parish jury in August for second-degree kidnapping and simple arson stemming from the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, Tracy Winslow. She's been missing since January 2011. Jackson is serving 40 years in prison on the kidnapping charge and 10 years for the arson charge.
Jasmond Osborne entered a guilty plea in lieu of a jury trial in October to an attempted first-degree murder charge. She admitted to shooting a member of the Shreveport Police Department's Special Response Team while the group was serving a search warrant at a room in the 4900 block of Greenwood Road. The officer's body armor is credited with saving his life. Osborne was sentenced to 30 years in prison at hard labor.
Christopher Brian Cope was found guilty in October of first-degree murder for the 2010 shooting death of Shreveport Police Sgt. Tim Prunty. He was killed as he stood outside his car at the Circle K in the 3300 block of Bert Kouns. Cope was sentenced to life in prison at hard labor without parole, probation of suspension of sentence.
Patrick Price Williams entered a guilty plea in December to nine counts of molesting a juvenile. He was sentenced to a total of 150 years in prison at hard labor without probation, parole or suspension. Williams' wife, Jacqueline Renea Williams, entered guilty pleas to four counts in December, and is serving 10 years in prison at hard labor.