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Day 1 of fired police chief's hearing ends with no decision

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, May 24 2016 May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 11:38 PM May 24, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

DENHAM SPRINGS - Day 1 of an appeals hearing for the former Denham Springs Police chief who was fired last month ended without a decision.

Scott Jones and Captain Steve Kistler were fired in April at a special council meeting. The pair were accused of mishandling a domestic violence involving Denham Springs Councilman Chris Davis

That occured January 15th at Davis' home. Both he and his wife have since said what occurred was an accident and misunderstanding.

Documents obtained by The Investigative Unit show the next day, Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry told the chief to execute Davis' warrant to the letter of the law, which meant an arrest. But two days after that, Jones issued Davis a misdemeanor summons. In February Jones and Kistler were placed on leave, then fired in April.

First, Jones' attorney argued the mayor's investigation took 75 days, longer than the 60 day limit set in place by law, but that motion was dismissed.

Jones' attorney also argued City Attorney Stephanie Hulett should be disqualified from counsel, but that motion was denied, as well.

The judge sequestered the 20 witnesses. But the councilman who's at the center of the situation and his wife aren't among them.

The first witness called to the stand was the man who replaced Jones as Denham Springs' top cop, Interim Chief Shannon Womack. He discussed the department's training regarding handling these types of calls, as well as the case itself.

After both sides questioned Womack, the officer who responded to the call at Davis' home took the stand.

Tuesday night's hearing began at 6 p.m. and lasted until just before 10:30 p.m. before a recess was taken. The hearing will resume Wednesday.

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