Hashway Murder Case Likely to see More Delays

Dr. Sue Hashaway

Dr. Sue Hashway

As a result of likely new hires in the Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney’s Office, there will be more delays in the case of State v Cameron Mays. Mays is accused of second degree murder in the June, 2012 home invasion and robbery of retired Grambling State University (GSU) professor Dr. Sue Hashway, 63.

District Attorney John Belton last night told Lincoln Parish News Online that he is “negotiating with” two attorneys as new hires in his office.

Deanna McCallum, who is the wife of another judge in the 3rd JD, Jay McCallum, and Lewis Jones, who was recently a candidate for 3rd JD Judge, are under consideration as Assistant District Attorneys, Belton said.

McCallum is Mays defense attorney, having been appointed as a public defender last April. McCallum has done contract work in the past with the Public Defender Board.

Mays had originally retained Shreveport attorney Joseph Clark, who passed away earlier this year. Several hearings on the case had been postponed during Clark’s illness.

Jones has previously supervised the district’s Public Defender Board, so new supervision will have to appointed for that agency.

Finally, Division B Judge Tommy Rogers will need time to become familiar with the case, as he was just recently elected.

Hashway’s nearest relative reportedly lives in Florida, and keeps up with the case through Hashway’s neighbors who have dutifully attended the hearings.

A status hearing is set for next Tuesday, January 20, 1:30 PM, Court House Annex.

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