Onyemechara Trial Delayed Four Months

The trial of the City of Monroe’s former tax collector Patrick Onyemechara (Ohn-ya-men-CHAIR-ra) has been continued (delayed) until March 21, 2011, about four months later than the 11/29/10 date that was set last spring.

See here the Motion to Continue.

In the motion, the defense claims that no formal answer to the defendant’s motion for discovery has been made. Informal “voluminous amounts of various and sundry” documents have been provided, the defense claims.

Discovery is the procedure involving the exchange of information between the prosecutor and defendant in a criminal matter prior to trial. Examples of things sought in discovery are alibi witness statements, samples taken at the scene of the crime, and co-defendant statements.

The defense also claims the prosecution has not responded to a motion requesting a “bill of particulars,” an itemized statement prepared by the prosecution that informs the accused of the charges in a criminal case.

Onyemechara is charged with 30 counts of theft and one of racketeering. He was originally arrested and charged in May of 2009.

See here the Bill of Indictment.

Why this delay is important is that it prevents the taxpaying public from finding out who/what else was involved in the alleged crime. Note count 31, racketeering:

“…by being associated with an enterprise knowingly conduction or participating in such enterprise directly or indirectly through a pattern of racketeering activity…”

See also LA RS 15:1352

A. “Racketeering activity” means committing, attempting to commit, conspiring to commit, or soliciting, coercing, or intimidating another person to commit any crime which is punishable under the following provisions of Title 14 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law, or the Louisiana Securities Law.

B. “Enterprise” means any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or other legal entity, or any unchartered association, or group of individuals associated in fact and includes unlawful as well as lawful enterprises and governmental as well as other entities.

Attorney for the defense is Charles Kincade

Prosecution is being handled by the office of Fourth Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones.

Presiding judge is 4th JD Division C’s Wilson Rambo.

See here the Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) earlier news story on the case.

Monroe Tax Collector Trial in Two Weeks

5 Responses to “Onyemechara Trial Delayed Four Months”

  1. hMMMMMMMM Says:

    THERE SEEMS TO BE A RELUCTANCE TO PROCECUTE THIS GUY, OR AM
    I HAVING A BRAIN FART?

    FIRSTLY, WHY WON’T THE D.A. GIVE ALL THE INFORMATION HE HAS TO
    THE ATTORNEY FOR MR. P.O.? IS IT BECAUSE TO DO SO WOULD MEAN
    THAT OTHERS WOULD BE BROUGHT INTO THE SPOTLIGHT? IS IT BECAUSE WE HAVE BECOME SUCH LAZY CITIZENS THAT THEY THINK WE WON’T NOTICE THAT THIS CASE IS BEING DELAYED, AND EVENTUALLY FORGOTTEN?

    SECONDLY, THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS BLATANT THEFT, AS OTHERS HAVE NOTED, WHO WAS WATCHING THE
    BIG POT, IF THIS HAPPENS IN THE SMALL POTS OF MONROE, USA., WHAT ABOUT THE BIG ONES, AND WHERE ARE THE SUPERVISORS?

    THIRDLY, TO ALL THE READERS OF THIS WORDPRESS BLOG, PLEASE
    MAKE A NOTE TO RAISE CANE ABOUT THIS EITHER BY PHONE, BLOG,
    OR LETTERS TO THE EDITORS OF OUR LOCAL AND STATE NEWSPAPERS.

  2. City of Monroe’s Governmental Crisis Grows « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] Onyemechara Trial Delayed Four Months […]

  3. Another Monroe Tax, Revenue Dep’t Arrest « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] See earlier Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) news stories on the upcoming trial of former tax collector Patrick Onyemechara. Onyemechara Trial Delayed Four Months […]

  4. elzikrislimited@yahoo.com Says:

    Patrick,you are not alone in your ordeal. If you are guilty,God will forgive you. And if you are innocent, God will vindicate you. Head or tail, you will breath the air of freedom soon. Just keep your head up high and trust the God that forgives and Justifies the unjust.

  5. Kincade Wants Onyemechara Trials Separated « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] See here earlier reporting on the Onyemechara case. Onyemechara Trial Delayed Four Months […]

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