Springfield leaders plead "not guilty" to charges
LIVINGSTON - The mayor and police chief of Springfield pleaded not guilty today in Livingston Parish to charges they conspired to lessen charges against a woman initially arrested for driving drunk.
Mayor Charles Martin and Police Chief James Jones entered the plea at their arraignment today on charges of obstruction of justice, malfeasance in office, and injuring public records charges.
A Springfield Police officer, Ryan Weaver, also filed suit recently against the pair saying they harassed and threatened him after the traffic stop and arrest in April 2011.
Court documents claim Martin and Jones had the charge of driving under the influence reduced to reckless endangerment.
The pair are due back in court for a motions hearing on Sept. 27.