Three candidates are on the ballot seeking to become the next Lafayette City Court Judge, Division A. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 8. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

The three candidates vying for the job are as follows:

The seat is vacant after the resignation of Judge Michelle Odinet after a video surfaced of her and her son involving racial language. Public officials, the public and the Louisiana State Supreme Court questioned whether or not she could be fair and impartial to anyone appearing before her court. Her resignation followed last year.

Jules Edwards
Edwards for City Court Facebook

Here is Information about Jules Edwards:

  • Edwards is a United States Marine Corps Reserves and Louisiana National Guard veteran.
  • Edwards served as a judge in the 15th Judicial District Court from 1993 to 2020.
  • Edwards was the 15th Judicial District Court's chief judge from 2001 to 2003.
  • Edwards introduced drug courts and re-entry courts to help offenders turn around their lives and become productive citizens.
  • Edwards spent seven years working with the Louisiana Sentencing Commission to create uniform sentencing guidelines.
Roya Boustany
Photo courtesy of Roya Boustany

Here is Information about Roya Boustany:

  • Boustany serves as Felony Assistant District Attorney at the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
  • Boustany is Track Chief for the 15th JDC.
  • Boustany oversees the Issuing Worthless Checks Division.
  • Boustany is President-Elect of the Junior League of Lafayette, an organization for women that works to volunteer and improve the community along with awarding grants.
Toby Aguillard
Photo courtesy of Aguillard Facebook

Here is Information about Toby Aguillard:

  • Aguillard served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Louisiana AG's Office.
  • Aguillard helped write the first Internet Predator Law for Louisiana.
  • Aguillard started and ran the Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
  • Aguillard was Lafayette's Police Chief and reduced overall crime in the city.

The three candidates were interviewed during a forum hosted by the Lafayette Parish Bar Association. Click here to find out more.

Armed Robberies Across Acadiana in 2022

Of the crimes that have headlined 2022, armed robberies have been among the most prevalent.

Armed robberies - as they become more prevalent in a community - steal peace from the citizens who live there. These crimes may start out as a thief trying to steal from the victim but many times that thief turns into a murderer when that weapon is actually used.

Let's take a look at headline-catching cases involving armed robbery in 2022.

List of Homicides and Deaths in Acadiana for 2022

There have been multiple homicides in Acadiana for 2022. The following is a list, by parish, of each of the homicides and deaths that have happened so far this year. It is astounding the number of deaths in our area this year. Multiple deaths due to shootings have happened this year along with several hit-and-run deaths.


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