Bonton Trial Date Set

Brandon Bonton, an alleged accessory to the murder of Dr. Sue Hashway, was given a September 28 trial date at a Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court hearing yesterday afternoon in Ruston.

In addition to the accessory to 2nd degree murder, Bonton is charged with accessory to burglary, possession of stolen things, and theft of a firearm.

Bonton was one of several individuals charged as accomplices to the June, 2012 murder of the retired Grambling State University (GSU) professor, and the rape of a Louisiana Tech University (LTU) student.

Bonton’s attorney, Scott Killen, said he wanted to confer with the Louisiana Attorney General’s office on a related case, that of the alleged ringleader of the crime spree, Cameron Mays.

Assistant AG Mike Ruddick is handling Mays’ prosecution. Almost all the Third JD public defenders who had been involved in Mays’ case, got jobs as prosecutors in the administration of newly elected District Attorney John Belton, and had to be recused because of the conflict of interest.

Mays is set to next appear in court at 9:00 AM, July 21. Bonton has a status conference hearing at 9:00 AM, September 15.

Handling the Bonton case yesterday was First Assistant District Attorney Laurie James.

Presiding was Division B Judge Tommy Rogers.

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