Stephen Couch’s sentencing hearing has been re-scheduled for Sept. 11 while a pretrial date of Sept. 29 and trial date of Dec. 7 has been scheduled for Nicholes Trey Glass, said Penny Douciere, Fifth Judicial District Attorney.
Couch’s sentencing was initially scheduled for Aug. 10 but was postponed due to medical issues. Couch is the former Apostolic Tabernacle Christian School principal who pled guilty Jan. 13 to five counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Glass is accused of second degree murder and was indicted July 29 by a Franklin Parish grand jury on charges related to the homicide of Michelle Houston.
Couch faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison with or without hard labor, $5,000 fine and must register as a sex offender.
On Feb. 26, 2018, a Franklin Parish Grand Jury indicted Couch on 11 counts of sexual misconduct. He was charged with five counts of molestation of a juvenile and six counts of prohibited sexual misconduct between an educator and a student.
The offenses reportedly happened between 2004 and 2017 and involved male students ranging from ages 14 to 18 who attended Apostolic Tabernacle Christian School.
After the indictment, Couch turned himself in to Franklin Parish authorities Feb. 26, 2018 and was booked at the Franklin Parish Detention Center with bond set at $280,000.
Later on March 13, Couch pled not guilty in the Franklin Parish Courthouse to five counts of molestation of a juvenile involving five students and six counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and student.
Meanwhile, Glass, 33, is also accused of obstruction of justice by tampering with evidence and cruelty to animals.
On June 30 at approximately 6 p.m., Houston, 50, was found unresponsive by Franklin Parish Sheriff deputies at a La. Hwy. 578 residence.
Glass was arrested July 9 and booked into Franklin Parish Detention Center on a $1.5 million bond for second degree murder and obstruction of justice and a $2,000 bond for the cruelty to animal indictment.
In regards to the cruelty to animal indictment, “Nicholas T. Glass, on or about June 30, 2020 did intentionally or with criminal negligence, commit cruelty to animals by shooting,” according to a court document.
If convicted of second degree murder, Glass could face life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole.