A Message From The District Attorney

In November, 2016, I announced my candidacy for District Attorney for Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes. I was honored to take that position in January 2017 after running unopposed. I am a lifelong resident of Ouachita Parish. The health and well-being of this area are vital to me. Since assuming this role, my ultimate goal has been ensuring effective leadership of the District Attorney’s office. I will work to continue the efficient and ethical prosecution of criminal offenders, advocate for the rights of victims of crime, seek to protect children in need, and work cooperatively with our criminal justice partners to improve public safety for all citizens of Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes.
During my campaign, I developed a list of expectations for my first term in office. With generous help from law enforcement, our judges, the police jury and indigent defender attorneys, we have turned these expectations and goals into reality. Since 2016, we have almost doubled the number of felony trials. We have introduced the Screening Initiative Program, which achieves the dual goals of faster resolution of cases and decreasing the pre-trial detainee population. We have worked cooperatively with law enforcement to increase focus on drug interdiction and asset forfeiture cases.
Despite the goals achieved and improvements made in these first three years, we have plans to continue our progress. My vision for the DA’s office for the next 6 years is to work hard to achieve even more in the current areas of focus. We will also work to better serve victims of crimes, focus on preventing juvenile crimes through education and cooperative programs, and improve the safety of our community by zealous prosecution of dangerous offenders.

Press Release

West Monroe man found guilty of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor

November 29, 2019

John Clay Benson was found guilty as charged of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor following a jury trial at…

Local man sentenced to 45 years at hard labor following jury trial

November 14, 2019

Elliott Jackson was arrested and charged with one count of Attempted Armed Robbery, 1 count of Attempted Second Degree Murder…

Monroe man found guilty of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Attempted Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

September 12, 2019

A Monroe man, Ivory Mock, Jr. was tried via bench trial by Judge Larry Jefferson in early September, 2019. Assistant…