DA’s Office Bows Out of Hashway Murder Prosecution, Trial Date Likely Delayed

Dr. Sue Hashaway

Dr. Sue Hashway

As we had reported in January, the personnel shuffle in the Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney’s Office has caused delays once again in the prosecution of the accused murderer of retired Grambling State University Professor Dr. Sue Hashway.

The DA’s office recused itself from the prosecution of the alleged killer, Cameron Mays, because new hires in the office formerly were involved as public defenders for Mays. 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 now Assistant District Attorneys.

Assistant Attorney General Mike Ruddick, based in Monroe, will be handling the case.

Ruddick told Lincoln Parish News Online at this morning’s court hearing that he had been given the case “two or three weeks ago,” and that Mays’ trial, now set for September 28, would likely have to be delayed beyond that date so that he could familiarize himself with the case files.

Hashway was killed nearly three years ago, in June 2012, in the normally quiet Cypress Springs neighborhood of Ruston, in what appeared to be a home invasion and robbery. Several days after the crime, the Ruston Police Department (RPD) arrested Mays and charged him with Hashway’s murder. He was also charged in another home invasion and rape that occurred in the same neighborhood.

Today’s developments came after bailiffs attempted to close the courtroom to the public. It was said that to relieve courtroom crowding, only those whose names appeared on the docket would be allowed in, and after their cases were heard and they left the courtroom, then others would be allowed in.

We protested, and were let in.

On this point, Louisiana’s Constitution is succinct and clear.

Article 1, Sec. 22 – Access to courts

All courts shall be open, and every person shall have an adequate remedy by due process of law and justice, administered without denial, partiality, or unreasonable delay, for injury to him in his person, property, reputation, or other rights.

Presiding at this morning’s hearing was Division B Judge Tommy Rogers. Defense attorney for Mays is James Buckley.

The next hearing is set for 9:00 AM, July 21.

At 1:30 PM this afternoon, another defendant involved the Hashway case, Brandon Bonton, is scheduled for a preliminary exam hearing.

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10 Responses to “DA’s Office Bows Out of Hashway Murder Prosecution, Trial Date Likely Delayed”

  1. Dan Burson Says:

    WELL MISTER DA–YOU NEED TO PUNISH YOUR POLICE WHO ARE STILL CORRUPT AND MADE A MOCKERY OF JUSTICE. GIVE ME A CALL–I WILL TELL YOU WHAT THEY DID AND WHO THEY STILL ARE.

    Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:54:52 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  2. Dan Burson Says:

    THANK YOU ANONYMOUS I WILL CALL THAT IGNORANT HILLBILLY WIMP DIRECTLY—THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE PRICKS NUMBER LOL/

    Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:54:52 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  3. Dan Burson Says:

    GEE THE LITTLE PRICK WORKS FOR THE DAS OFFICE–THAT SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT LOL LOL—WIMPS LIKE THAT GUY IN IT—NO WONDER THEY CANT UPHOLD JUSTICE. LOL LOL

    Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:54:52 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  4. Out to Pasture Says:

    If the DA had to recuse because Lewis Jones was the public defender for Mr. Mays then the DA will have to recuse on every other case in Lincoln Parish since Mr. Jones was the chief indigent defender for the Third Judicial District. That will reduce the DA’s case load.

  5. NOtoalltaxes Says:

    Magic, isn’t it?

  6. Metoo Says:

    How much will this cost if state da represents Lincoln parish da in this trial.

  7. Bob Sherunkel Says:

    Hey Dan Burson.
    Here’s a helpful link to set up your own playground.
    You don’t seem to play nice with others but have the idea that others even want you in the game. Yes, I know, call you and you will tell me the truth, yada, yada, yada. Followed by 10 more comments from you telling me that I hide behind a name (the same way you hide behind vague accusations of some amorphous wrongdoing that apparently will bring the CIA and FBI on you unless it is told in person. Followed by another comment that you are leaving. Followed by another comment that I am a “expletive, wimpy expletive.” Followed by another comment about nothing. Followed by another comment by someone asking you to say what it is you are implying. Followed by at least five more comment by you about nothing.

    You ARE the problem!
    The Harry Reid of this site. Just like Harry Reid claimed that Romney didn’t pay his taxes, except you won’t even say that much. You just say “someone is dishonest in government.” What an epiphany!

    So, Dan, try out this link…
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    Between your trips to wal-mart and constant monitoring of this site, maybe you can create a world all your own.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Is Dan Brunson really Don Baker?

      Maybe DB is the initials of people a little out there.

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