Jackson Pleads Not Guilty to Perjury in Jonesboro Court

Franciscus Jackson this morning plead not guilty to perjury in a Jackson Parish court room. Jackson, of Jonesboro, stood before Second Judicial (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson Parishes) Division B Judge Jimmy Teat and said “not guilty” in answer to the charges.

Representing Jackson was Marksville attorney William Whatley.

Janice Simmons, who was also indicted along with Jackson, was not in court, due to a conflict by her Monroe attorney Charles Kincaid. Her arraignment was upset and refixed for January 14.

Also this morning, Whatly filed a motion asking for a Bill of Particulars from the District Attorney. Kincaid had filed a similar motion several weeks ago, it was said.

Teat set January 14 as a deadline for motions to be filed in Jackson’s case.

The two are alleged to have falsely testified in court that they witnessed an altercation between Willie Joseph and a citizen after an August, 2012 Jonesboro city council meeting. Joseph was at the time on trial for battery against the citizen.

A video introduced into evidence at the trial purportedly showed the two to be in another room at the time of the incident, and unable to directly witness the altercation, or lack thereof.

Prosecuting that case was Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Durrett.

See here our earlier reporting:

Simmons, Jackson Indictments
Simmons, Jackson Indicted for Perjury
So… Who Lied? The Judge, or the Witnesses?
Active Investigation Ongoing of Alleged Perjured Testimony in Jonesboro Trial
Willie Joseph Convicted of Battery in Jonesboro – Witnesses May Have Perjured Themselves

9 Responses to “Jackson Pleads Not Guilty to Perjury in Jonesboro Court”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Where is Leslie Thompson’s legal eagles? His two buddies want a different lawyer? Wonder why?

    Maybe the viedo was edited to appear that they lied….maybe it is a set up….

  2. Sam Clements Says:

    Was there a mark from the town hall for these two supporters of Leslie Thompson?

    Did the gentleman from Arkansas show up to help out these peeps?

    Another good chapter for this story for sure.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Wouldn’t you want a different lawyer from either of Thompson’s, who were 0 for however many they handled

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I wouldn’t want Kincaid to be my attorney. It seens that he is trouble wherever he goes.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Do not know anything about his trouble….I am so SHOCKED that Mrs. Simmons would hire a white man for an attorney though.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Isn’t the “Dr.” that Herb Simmons uses due to his law degree? Why does he not have a like minded person representing his lovely bride?

  5. David Says:

    Mrs Simmons may be a racist, but she will hire the best to protect her interest. Have you ever watched the movie “A Time to Kill”? Samuel Jackson’s character hired a white man to defend him. His reason; his attorney was one of “them”. Whether Mrs Simmons is a racist is a matter of opinion. At any rate, she is smart enough to hire one of “them”

    • sunrisesunset Says:

      Fork over the money for your white lawyer, Janice. You know what? Will it come from some of the thousands of grant money you funnel in each year? What say ye? Just a thought!!!!

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