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|Grand Jury issues no true bill in death cases; indicts man for rape, incest|
The Concordia Parish Grand Jury found no true bills Tuesday in two cases -- the Nov. 26, 2008, death of Michael Lee and the May 8, 2009, boating accident on Horseshoe Lake that claimed the life of a teenage girl from LaSalle Parish.
The Grand Jury, however, indicted John Luttrell for aggravated rape of a juvenile between Jan. 1, 2005, and March 2, 2007, and aggravated incest of a juvenile between March 21, 2007, and April 30, 2009.
Dist. Atty. Brad Burget said the Grand Jury was in session both Monday and Tuesday prior to reporting its findings.
In the Horseshoe Lake case, the Grand Jury found no true bills against Richard Finley, 39, and Jonathan Edwards, 28, both of Jena. Each were charged by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries with operating a vessel while intoxicated, reckless operation of a watercraft and vehicular homicide.
Finley's daughter, 15-year-old Cassie Finley, died as a result of a two-boat collision on Horseshoe Lake around 10:30 p.m. May 8th.
Eleven people were involved in the accident -- six in one boat and five in the other -- according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Region 4 in Ferriday. The number included six adults and five juveniles.
In the case of the death of 39-year-old Michael Ernest Lee, the Grand Jury found no true bills against Courtney John Rhodes, Michael John Rhodes and James Cody Vidrine.
Lee died Nov. 26, 2008, after an altercation at a hunting camp at Shaw with the three men who called the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office for assistance.
Deputies found Lee unresponsive upon arrival and started CPR, which continued until Metro paramedics arrived on the scene.
Burget said an autopsy revealed that Lee died of a combination of heart disease, physical exertion and asphyxiation. His death was listed by Coroner Dr. Sarah Lee as "undetermined."
"This has been a very hard-working Grand Jury, a good group of citizens," said Burget. "They have been very attentive and very conscientious and I am very proud to work with them."
He said this Grand Jury's term will continue through October.
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