DA Candidates Asked About Perjury Case

Earlier today, Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) submitted the following to Danny Newell and Chris Bowman. Both are candidates for election as District Attorney for the Second Judicial (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson Parishes), as is incumbent Jonathan Stewart.

Chris, Danny,

Find attached a copy of Judge Jimmy Teat’s 5/20/13 Reasons for Judgment and accompanying court transcripts, and indictments of two individuals dated 10/17/13.

The underlying case is an assault case that was tried in his court on 5/8/13, and concerned an assault that occurred at a Town of Jonesboro Board of Alderman meeting on 8/14/12. Teat found the defendant guilty at the bench trial. In the reasons, Teat asserts that two witnesses for the defense perjured themselves during their testimony.

At the 6/12/13 sentencing of the defendant in the assault case, Teat again mentioned the perjury issue. See here our reporting on that hearing: Willie Joseph Sentenced to Jail

Subsequently, a Jackson Parish Grand Jury indicted the two for perjury on 10/17/13.

Last week, your opponent in the race for Second Judicial District Attorney, the incumbent District Attorney Jonathan Stewart (through his assistant Douglas Stokes) filed a motion to drop the charges.

The question Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) asks is:

If you were the district attorney, would you have prosecuted the case, or would you have overruled the judgment of the Grand Jury, as did your opponent?

We’ve not submitted the question to Stewart, as his answer is already evident.

Thank you for your prompt reply.

Walter Abbott
Lincoln Parish News Online

We spoke to both candidates last night, and told them we would be submitting the question. As soon as we receive a reply from each candidate, we will publish it, word-for-word.

8 Responses to “DA Candidates Asked About Perjury Case”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    If I were the other man charged with perjury, I would want the same deal as Mrs. Simmons got…seems so odd.

    Connect the dots….Simmons to Thompson to Stokes ….throw Alexander and Fannin in as well….this is one BIG BED they are all in!

  2. Donald Marion Fowler Says:

    Hello, Oldman. Come visit me.


  3. sunrisesunset Says:


    You are so right. Just goes to show anyone can get away with murder in Jonesboro. So corrupt.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Does the DA have to provide any additional information as to why he allowed this to happen?

  5. "Oldman" Says:

    Just remember all this when you vote.You are going to vote aren’t you?

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