District attorney to remain on drunk driving case

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Posted: Jan 21, 2010 10:48 AM by Chris Nakamoto/Kelly Spell
Updated: Jan 21, 2010 10:56 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: district attorney, Ricky Ward, Pointe Coupee, New Roads, Terri Parker, Victoria Gosserand, drunk driving, WBRZ

The district attorney for Pointe Coupee Parish will not recuse himself from a drunk driving case despite knowing the suspect's family well.

Terri Parker's family filed a formal request last week to have Ricky Ward removed from the case.

Parker died last month after investigators say a car she was riding in was hit by another vehicle driven by Victoria Gosserand. According to investigators, Gosserand's blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

After reviewing the request by Parker's family, Ward told News 2 he chose not to remove his office from the case because he has not received the same request from the other crash victim who survived.

The case goes before a grand jury next month.

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