Prosecutors Drop Charges In Calcasieu Parish Fatal Beating
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier says authorities will not continue to pursue charges against three men accused in a death at a New Year's Eve party.
The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1cJtJ9a) Brian Diamond, Steven B. Ellis and Kawliger L. Connelly were all charged with manslaughter after Matthew V. Crochet died of head injuries following a fight in the early hours of Jan. 1 at a Moss Point home.
Authorities said at the time the fight may have been spurred by inappropriate sexual contact between Crochet and a juvenile at the home.
DeRosier said charges have been brought before a nine-person grand jury twice, but the grand jury could not make a decision whether to indict the men.
He says the case will only be re-opened if new evidence arises.