Justice of the peace gives up dead womans inheritance, wont face charges
TICKFAW – Charges were recently dismissed against a Tangipahoa Parish justice of the peace indicted last year related to allegations she and another woman tried to illegally block an elderly woman's family from their inheritance upon the woman's death.
In all, Terri Crosby, the justice of the peace in the Tickfaw area, was indicted on four different charges.
Crosby said in a phone conversation at the time that she did nothing wrong and maintained she was never questioned and hasn’t had “so much as a speeding ticket” before the grand jury in Tangipahoa Parish indicted her in 2018.
"This indictment has absolutely nothing— zero — to do with my duties as an elected justice of the peace. I am completely innocent of any wrongdoing," she said in a statement then.
Less than a year later, the Attorney General's office said it decided to dismiss the charges.
Friday (August 23, 2019), the state agency said the victim's sole legal heir requested the dismissal. Crosby and the other woman indicted returned all property to the victim's estate, removed themselves from accounts and renounced any part to the succession.
"We felt the interest of justice was served," an AG spokesperson told WBRZ.
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