Fourth Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones says Louisiana State Police investigators will take the lead role in an investigation involving the Fourth Judicial District Court.
Previously, Jones told The Ouachita Citizen the state's Office of Inspector General would lead the investigation of the district court. On Monday, that changed. Jones told the newspaper that State Police would take point on the investigation while the Inspector General would assist in the probe.
Jones would not comment further.
Inspector General Stephen B. Street Jr. said it is the policy of his office not to comment on pending or ongoing investigations.
Street has said that one of his investigators, Heath Humble, will be working not only with Jones, but other agencies in northern Louisiana to fight public corruption. Humble is relocating to northern Louisiana, according to Street.
Last week, The Ouachita Citizen reported that Fourth Judicial District Court Administrator Ben Jones, who is a retired district court judge, said the court would cooperate with any investigation conducted by the district attorney's office. At that time, Jones was asked about accusations outlined in a criminal complaint filed by The Ouachita Citizen with the district attorney’s office earlier this year. The Ouachita Citizen requested that Jones, the district attorney, initiate a probe into allegations concerning the possible destruction of court documents as well as possible payroll discrepancies among district court employees as revealed in an audit released by the state Legislative Auditor’s Office.
Check this week's issue of The Ouachita Citizen and www.ouachitacitizen.com for more on this developing story.