Simmons Case Vanishes from Court Docket

This morning’s scheduled arraignment of Jonesboro resident Janice Simmons in Jackson Parish’s Leon H. Whitten courtroom disappeared from the court docket overnight.

The hearing, set for 9:30 AM in Second Judicial (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson Parishes) District Court, had been delayed on 1/14/14. Yesterday, we confirmed with the 2nd JD District Attorney’s Office that the hearing was on the docket and set for today.

An arraignment is the formal reading of charges in the presence of the defendant to notify the suspect as to what he or she is being charged with.

When asked why the hearing was no longer listed on the docket, Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Durrett, could offer no explanation. Durrett originally handled the case.

The Jackson Parish Clerk of Court Office did not have a copy of the criminal docket this morning.

Simmons’ attorney is Charles Kincaide of Monroe.

Presiding in court today was retired Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) District Judge John Joyce.

Simmons and Franciscus Jackson 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.

Last December, Jackson pled not guilty to the charge.

See here our earlier reporting on the case:

Simmons Arraignment Contiued Until 2/4
Simmons Arraignment Tomorrow in Jonesboro
Jackson Pleads Not Guilty to Perjury in Jonesboro Court
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

66 Responses to “Simmons Case Vanishes from Court Docket”

  1. Wally Scott Says:

    Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practise to deceive!

    Just not sure who the weaver is for this case….

  2. kbp Says:

    blame the weather

  3. Oldman Says:

    Will she get away with this? YES or NO. We will find how much our parish has improved over the past year. Please vote yes or no and we will know. I vote YES.

  4. sunrisesunset Says:

    This stinks to high heaven. Someone better get to the bottom of this. Do not let this sleeping dog lie. Hopefully, in time, missus Simmons will get her just reward…….just like ol Les! It took a while for him to be proven guilty, so guess it will be like that with Simmons.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Perhaps it has been discovered that the tape was not accurate and she is innocent of the charges…..

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Kincaide is above Jackson Parish’s mental capabilities when it comes to getting people off the hook or the docket in this case .

  7. sunrisesunset Says:

    Anyone know if she can be put BACK on a court docket?

  8. knowledge Says:

    Jackson Parish, from the courthouse to the School Board, is unbelievable unless you’ve experienced it. This I told to our lawyer – who by the way – we knew better than to hire here. He didn’t understand until 15 years later when our case was resolved. 15 years of lost information, lost court dates, etc. Please, if you ever have to hire a lawyer, do not do it in Jackson Parish. Same for the decisions made, without consulting anyone, by our esteemed School Board. I’m so very thankful my grandchildren are no longer being educated in this parish. And, yes, I do know the inner workings of the school board. I worked for them a long time.

    • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

      Your last sentence might be the answer to the problems with the school board. You make accusations but don’t back them up. Give us some evidence, you know, something substantial to go on not just that you worked for them a long time. That sounds like you might be part of the problem. While I do not like some of the Jackson Parish lawyers, they are a competent bunch. Let me suggest that next time you have an issue, hire someone from Monroe, like that Powell woman. Her record appears to be spotless – no wins all losses.

      • knowledge Says:

        No, I was not the problem. And you need to reread. 15 yrs. pretrial…did you happen to miss that part? I could definitely name you a lawyer who had 15 yrs. trying to work with this parish that could back up every statement I made. So go ahead and hire a lawyer here. That’s your choice….I would never hire one here. And as to the school board, I could provide names for that issue also. Once again I state I’m so glad my grandchildren aren’t being educated in this parish. Believe me it’s not the problem with
        the teachers. I don’t see how they can continue to work here. But you can go ahead and have your own experiences. I choose to have good ones from now on. At least my family … not living here anymore, have a chance.

        • knowledge Says:

          One more thing…..have you ever continually called the school board to ask about textbooks,that they had all summer to order, being in and having them tell you they’re not in yet….as much as 3 mths. after school began. Then you go to the school board and voila there they sit. That’s our school board. Can’t find their own books in their own storage.

          • knowledge Says:

            By the way I was not stupid enough to hire one of Jackson Parish’s lawyers. I do have enough sense to go far away from here in the first place.

        • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

          Name the lawyer, Mr Lack of Knowledge. All you do is spout off without letting us know who you are talking about. Same thing about the school board (I could name names but . . .) As for textbooks, I know a bit about the process of adoption having worked for 7 years in Winn Parish and Bexar County, Texas on those types of things. You haven’t the foggiest idea the trouble we had to go through with the parents. This parent would object to this section of a textbook while another parent would object to another section. I am not certain that you understand that not every year do you get new textbooks. I disagree with your statement that you aren’t stupid enough to hire a local lawyer when you admit to using one for 15 years. Haven’t you heard about changing lawyers (which you can do anytime you wish). I see stupidity in you in abundance, so why don’t you drop the name “knowledge” for you aren’t. I have been away from Jonesboro since 1958 (with a 10 year return 1978-1988), but I know that there are good and decent public servants there so why don’t you shut the F up.

          • Anonymous Says:

            I’m not the one being vulgar. Things have changed since 1958 in case you haven’t noticed. I never said there weren’t good public servants in Jackson Parish. And I’ll thank you to not use vulgarity with me. Not all of us have unlimited amounts of money. Changing lawyers cost money. Not being able to find the textbooks that are sitting in front of your face being pointed out to you and denying that you see them has nothing to do with parents. And once again, please refrain from using vulgarity in this forum.

            • Anonymous Says:

              footnote: Those nonexistent textbooks were finally seen and put into my car to be delivered to my school. I don’t know if the other schools ever got theres. And the lawyers I hired were not the ones losing things. They just made a lot of unnecessary trips here. They made monkeys out of the ones here everytime they showed up in court. So why in the world would I want to hire another lawyer. Once again, I’m not stupid. And I don’t resort to vulgarity to try to make my point.

              • Anonymous Says:

                Mistake in spelling….pardon my error. It should say theirs.

              • Anonymous Says:

                I’m sorry….I know how you hate a misspelling. I used the word theres when I meant to use “theirs”. Pardon me please.

            • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

              Vulgar? Making your point? You haven’t made a point except that you are pointed headed and not really knowledgeable about much of anything. This will be my last comment to you and I will end with some advice: always check the wind direction before taking a whizz when you are outside.

          • Oldman Says:

            Watch your language Mr Fowler,we don’t need that kind of talk on here.Thank you,have a good day.

            • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

              Mr. Oldman, what bad language did I use? Since when did the letter “F” become a bad word? In my opinion it takes a dirty mind to come up with a naughty word they thunk I was using. I was just telling “knowledge” (who has now started using “anonymous” to shut his funny mouth. Thank you for your concern for the minds of the citizens of Jonesboro and keep up the good comments. You are about the only one on this blog exhibiting any common sense or sense at all. Good day, Sir, and have a nice week end.

              • knowledge Says:

                Mr. Fowler: Were you bullied as a child, have the little man syndrome, shunned at the McDonald`s coffee club, or what? If you have to toot your own horn, it`s not worth tooting. Can someone please toot a horn for d.m.f. Please!!!!!!!!!! He wants to feel normal once in his life.

                • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

                  No I was not bullied as a child. Fighting was not my game which surprised a lot of people when I joined the US Army and spent 20 years in service (sometimes fighting) I am 73 years of age, have cancer, and certainly don’t have a little man syndrome by any stretch of the imagination. I have never attempted to join the Old Farts Club at McDonald’s although I know most of them. To attend their so-called breakfast, I would have to drive over 500 miles to get there and to tell you the truth, McDonald’s is a suck-ass place to have friendly meetings. One of the members is a relative (by marriage) of mine, he’s in the hospital (I think), and I don’t care one rat’s rectal area about his health. As for tooting my own horn, when you got it, flaunt it. You use the name “knowledge” but I am wondering about what, because in your blogs everything you say is pointless and without sense You have already admitted your stupidity when you profess to have chased after a verdict in a legal action for 15 years when you were dissatisfied with your legal representation and thought it to expensive to drop him/her: you have shown yourself to be a liar when in the one breath you berate the lawyers of Jonesboro and in the next, agree with me that there are some good lawyers in Jonesboro. Dropping a lawyer (that you claimed was expensive to do) is like farting: just let it go. Be a big boy and put your name to your message or you can continue to hide like the coward you are. If you are as knowledgeable as you profess, then you know what I am calling you when I say that you are a SFB DDA.

                  • knowledge Says:

                    Please reread. “Public Servant” is not saying all the lawyers in Jackson Parish are capable. You asked about public servants and I responded. Maybe the phrase “shut the F up” isn’t vulgarity in your vocabulary; but, for as long as I’ve been alive (and I’m nearly as old as you) it means only one thing. As to the information I gave on this forum…if and when I decide to share more I will. Bullying by you will not make me put any more on this forum than I choose to. Funny that you put your name but also state that you live 500 miles away. If you lived here you might know something about this parish. But you don’t so please do as you say and stop commenting. Go to the site where you live and comment there. You do not know what you’re talking about….remember you haven’t live here since the early to middle part of the 1970s. And then only for a short few years. I also lived here then and believe me things have changed. Just visit and you won’t even have to do anything but go down main street. Goodbye and I will pray for you to have healing with your cancer.

                    • knowledge Says:

                      The post made 2/8/2104 at 7:25 was not posted by myself. Someone must have hacked in. The one at 8:34 is mine.

  9. Oldman Says:

    Any more news on the simmons case? There has to be a reason for this,MONEY maybe.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Maybe she entered a plea….the evidence is pretty darn convincing….

  11. Donald Marion Fowler Says:

    They are investigating the Grinch even as we speak. I am accusing no one but isn’t the Clerk of Courts office supposed to be locked at night? Who checks the building to make certain all rooms are locked? There are multiple directions in which to search. My bet is on the person who is supposed to check that all rooms are locked. He would have all of the keys, but again, the Grinch looks mighty suspicious as he once stole Christmas and has a record.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Ole dmf making friends everywhere he goes. lol You are showing your true colors. I want everyone to know Donald M Fowler supports Renee for Mayor. Boy that’s going to help her. rofl

    • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

      Really and truly I don’t support anyone in the Jonesboro mayor’s race but I am not afraid to say that of those that have come forward, she is by far the best candidate.

  13. Tired Of Taxes Says:

    I bet money is flowing to all the right places, so she can skate. Just remember the money she has is tax money that Rodney Alexander got for her and her hubby. Nice of Alexander to provide the Simmons family with the easy life, free money!!! Jindal showed his true color when handed Alexander a sweet state job. Now Alexander can get his Congressional Retirement and set himself up for a sweet state retirement. Isn’t it enough that is man hooked his whole family up using tax money while he was in office.

    • sunrisesunset Says:

      Does Alexander’s wife still teach at La. Tech? Boy, what a retirement income between the two of them.

  14. knowledge Says:

    2014 oops

  15. Anonymous Says:

    From “knowledge” to “Anonymous” I do apologize. The comments made to Donald Fowler on 2/7 were accidental on my part. I seldom post and thru no intention of my own used your name. I’ll be more careful from now on.

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  18. Donald Marion Fowler Says:

    Mr. Knowledge, you need to stop posting because with each post your are digging yourself deeper into a hole with your lies. There, I called you a blatant liar and here are some of your quotes: “02/06/2014 10:00 AM – ….we knew better than to hire here . . . please, is you have to hire a lawyer do not do it in Jackson Parish.” 02/06/014 7:25 PM – . . . . so go ahead and hire a lawyer here (sort of gives the impression that you live in or around Jonesboro. My comment). That’s your choice, I would never hire one here. 02/06/2014 7:39 PM – By the way, I am not stupid enough to hire one of Jackson Parish’s lawyers. I have enough sense to go far away from here in the first place.” NEVER MADE ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT JONESBORO LAWYERS? LET ME USE A CHILD’S PHRASE TO EXPOSE YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE: LIAR, LIAR PANTS ON FIRE. Everyone on the blog knows that I live in San Antonio, Texas and that I own property (a very small piece I will admit) and more in Jackson Parish so I have an interest in some parts of Jonesboro politics. If you moved far far away as you claim, why are you so interested in Jonesboro? From now on, promise (now don’t forget to cross your heart) you will stop your rants about our public servants. Can you do that for us, SFB DDA>

  19. knowledge Says:

    Once again, please reread. Nowhere did I say I never made any negative remarks about Jonesboro lawyers. I said I would never hire one. And I did not. I also did not realize my pants were on fire. But thank you for pointing it out. You sure are good at seeing what’s going on from San Antonio to know my pants are on fire when I can’t see or feel it and I wear them. I have my opinion about OUR (?) public servants here in Jackson Parish and I will state if and when I feel the need. Just exercising my constitutional rights. And I must say you’re the one who said “this will be my last comment to you”. You must be having fun. I’m sorry to tell you that this will be my last comment to you……and that is my personal right. Thru the past year I’ve read comments by you and learned a lot about you from them. But unlike you my opinions about you will stay with me. They, unlike the lawyers and school board can’t cause me or my family harm. Now you have exposed yourself much more than you have in the past so on that note I will not be conversing with you again. My you find peace and have relief from the pain you’re obviously in. I’ll be praying for you. Goodbye.

    • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

      You can’t even understand your own comment, you limited brain fart. I quote you about lawyers from Jackson Parish and you deny saying it. Must be a freaking repugnicant. One more time I will quote you: “By the way, I am not stupid enough to hire of one Jackson Parish’s lawyers. I have enough sense to go far away from here in the first place.” Sound familiar SFB DDA?

  20. Oldman Says:

    Boy do we get sidetracked.We are supposed to be talking about the simmons case and why it vanished from the court docket.We need to quit all this nonsense and get back on subject.Have a good day,PLEASE.

  21. Donald Marion Fowler Says:

    Mr. Oldman, trying to get this bunch on topic (including me at times) is akin to trying to determine the direction of the fart in an elevator. I, too, am solely interested in the disappearance from the clerk of courts office. This could be something minor or something more closely related to a felony. I am also interested in where all of the money went (if indeed some is missing) during Les Lie regime. I am also interested in where or not Jonesboro has a police department or not. Oldman, I continue to tell you how much I respect your opinions and may be one day real soon (summer vacation for my greatgrandchildren) we will be able to sit down and discuss issues of equal importance to us both. (Certainly not in the contaminate McDonalds). If mr “knowledge” is reading this, Sir, be advised that I am in no pain, that my oncologist is among the best in the United States, and that he currently has me on an oral chemo that has just been approved by the FDA and is available in Minnesota, New York, Baltimore, and somewhere in California. I have to order it and FEDEX delivers it to my door. If Mr. “knowledge” wishes to help me pay for it, it runs $13,000 for 120 capsules at a time. Now, let’s find what happened to he docket.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Wah wah.

      • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

        Up mighty early “anonymous” with your brand of humor. Should have known that the braying barnyard animals would be up. Oh, by the way, I can afford the medicine for it’s free. I am on medicare and that pays 80% and my military insurance pays the rest. I guess with your limited mental abilities that makes me a free loader. Thanks for helping to pay for it. Now it would serve the interests of the intelligent on this blog for your to (1) leave and shut up or (2) get back on subject and express yourself as best you can, which as I see it will be very poorly.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    I hope no one hurts dmf feelings again, He will play the IS card.

    • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

      Anonymous, I wasn’t playing the IS card – I was responding to your mother’s comment of 02/10/2014PM.

  23. IS CARD FOWLER Says:

    Oh, just a wee comment about “knowledge.” He rants about his troubles with the Jackson Parish justice system, the Jackson Parish school board, and how sorry our Jackson Parish lawyers are and not one person takes him to task except me. Then he lies through his teeth saying he never said any of those things. Why no comments about his dishonesty? I have said it before and I will say it over and over: what people say about me never gets under my skin and quite often gives me something to talk about. There are a couple who sign “anonymous” that I agree with so when I say that most “anonymous” people are afraid to reveal their true identity, I am not talking about all of them (although I wish they would give their names so that I could say thank you to them.) Again, I am not talking about everyone on this blog, I want the idiots to continue with their vindictive comments about me. I must say that Jonesboro is a predominately BLACK town and has a population that is predominately STUPID. I also know what the subject of this discussion is and it is laughable that the CRIME hasn’t been solved yet. Makes one wonder if it is safe to have any type of information stored at the porous courthouse. An off-year election is just around the corner and I’ll be anyone who want to take me on that the “public servants” you are putting down at the moment will be reelected because you DON’T KNOW ANY BETTER. I have heard people in Jonesboro say many times that what we need are TERM LIMITS. Well, let me clue you in – – ELECTIONS ARE TERM LIMITS! You don’t like someone – – VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE. My bet is that the crime of the century in Jonesboro will be solved by Friday or some lame-ass excuse will be given as to why nothing is wrong and everything is back to normal.

    • Anonymous Says:

      our capable public servants at the Jackson Parish Court House will handle this issue. Relax and watch a rerun of Duck Dynasty libertard.

      • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

        See, this is what I mean. I haven’t said a negative word about the lawyers and such of Jackson Parish and this clown “anonymous” 02/102014 5:19 PM takes the opportunity to jump all over me. I don’t watch your life story (Duck Dynasty as it shows to the rest of the world what the hillbillies of Louisiana do) and I am hopeful that the law of Jackson Parish will do its job and catch the dumb-ass person who removed a legal document from our courthouse and that our capable lawyers will prosecute the idiot to the full extent of the law and get a good fine and a some lengthy time for the crime. Mr. Political person, define conservative and liberal for me and the rest of the world. I don’t think that you know the difference. You are a repugnicant whose only case against Obama is that he is black and you listen to and repeat what the liars at Fixed News tell you to think. You didn’t read what I posted (or maybe you are illiterate and can’t read. Get someone to read it for you.

    • Knowledge Says:

      Maybe, ye of no knowledge, they don’t take me to task because, unlike you, they LIVE HERE and are very familiar with what goes on here…not in the later 70s or early 80s but NOW.
      You state that what people say about you never gets under your skin but you love to be vulgar with people. Maybe you need to return to those hillbillies of Louisiana and learn respect for other people’s opinions .
      One more thing….I haven’t gotten into the business of Jonesboro and the Mayor for the simple reason I do not live in town. Therefore it is none of my business. Kind of like this town is no longer your business.

      • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

        Although I do live in San Antonio, I am in Jonesboro several months each year although at the moment medical appointments keep me close to this home. I get lots of information (not from relatives but friends) about what is going on there and it is pathetic (such as you are). In one of your incoherent notes you said “that you had moved far away and were glad that your grandchildren didn’t have to go to school in Jackson parish” I guess that far away is Hodge, or some other nearby village. Now for some “vulgarity” just for you: you are a lying SFB DDA whose brain is the size of that of a pismre. Keep trying, clown, and you just might get under my skin. Oh, by the way. My comments are about now, not past years, unless Les Lie was mayor in the 70’s or 80’s or Simmons was somehow involved with a missing court document way back then. My thoughts are current, whereas yours seem to be of the lying kind. Ta Ta.

        • Anonymous Says:

          When did I say I moved far away? I never once said I moved. I do have family you know. My grandchildren do not live with me. By the way what is a SFB DDA? My mind doesn’t think like yours as far as acronyms. I don’t have to get my information from friends and family. I actually live here year round. And you will never get under my skin no matter how many names or acronyms (please just call us those names outright) you call me.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    But you sure are funny……I do pray for you every night…even if you don’t feel like you need it.

  25. Anonymous Says:

    I looked up internet slang so now I know what sfb means but I’m still not sure what dda is…..
    To that I reply “shame on you” I’m really thinking maybe I need to quit messing with you though it’s sure been fun getting you to show your true self. But I’m worried you’ll have a heart attack. You are in my prayers and may you recover and give the rest of the people of Jackson Parish more laughs in the future. I’m sure I’ll see you around town …but not at McDonald’s, lawyer offices or the school board. Goodbye

  26. Anonymous Says:

    Oops again I’m sorry as I seem to be accidentally posting under Anonymous….It should be under Knowledge.

    • Anonymouns Says:

      I think that stupidity would be more appropriate for you certainly come up short in the knowledge department from what I have read above.

  27. Tom, Dick, and Harry Says:

    I’ll help you with the second part DDA = double dumb ass. Now you know the rest of the story.

  28. Anonymous Says:

    If you took each anonymous that posts on this site and lumped them into one pile, all you would have is a pile of fecal matter several feet high.

  29. Anonymous Says:

    For Knowledge (or at least a lack of it), here is another acronym. The situation in Jonesboro is FUBAR.

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