GRAND JURY

The Concordia Parish grand jury last week indicted a Clayton man for second-degree murder and a Monterey man for vehicular homicide.

Trashone D. Mayes, age 24, 204 Bingham Street, Clayton, was originally charged with 1st degree murder by the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) in the death of an infant child.

According to Chief Deputy David Hedrick, on November 15, 2018, CPSO investigators and deputies booked Mayes with attempted first-degree murder but upgraded to 1st degree murder on Monday, Nov. 19, when the child died.

CPSO lead Investigator Philip Smith said the infant boy had been left in the care of his father while the rest of the family was away at work and school on Wednesday, Nov. 14. When family members arrived home, they found the child to be unresponsive.

“The mother and two other family members took the child to Riverland Medical Center,” Smith said. “The child was stabilized and then flown to Our Lady of the Lakes in Baton Rouge where he was placed on a ventilator due to the extent of the injuries.”

Smith said Mayes, the defendant, made statements while being questioned that “didn’t coincide with the extent of the injuries.”

In the other case heard by the grand jury, Michael Higgins, 28, was indicted for vehicular homicide in the death of Betty Johnson, age 72, of Ferriday.

The accident occurred on April 1, 2018, on LA Hwy 568 east of LA Hwy 900.

According to a Louisiana State Police report at the time, the crash involved a 2015 Dodge Journey driven by Higgins and a 2012 Chevrolet Impala driven by Johnson, 72. The Dodge was eastbound on LA Hwy 568 when Higgins lost control and crossed the centerline into the westbound lane. This action resulted in the Dodge colliding head-on with the westbound Chevrolet, according to LSP.

Higgins received moderate injuries and was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center.

Johnson was pronounced dead, LSP reported.

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