A Vidalia alderman and two juveniles were indicted by a Concordia Parish grand jury on Friday in separate cases.
The two juveniles were indicted for first degree murder in the shooting death of Deodre “Dre” Griggs in Clayton on July 12.
Aldermen Robert Gardner was indicted on one count of misdemeanor theft and one count of felony abuse of office, according to District Attorney Brad Burget.
Burget said the allegation against Gardner is that he took metered envelopes (postage paid) from the Town of Vidalia and used them to request absentee ballots from the Registrar of Voters office. The town’s return address on the envelopes had been “whited out” and the name of the voter seeking the absentee ballot written in on the return address.
Gardner was running for re-election at the time.
Burget said Gardner was also “abrasive” with town employees and had them make copies of his “own political campaign material, which is an abuse of office.”