COLFAX, La. (Grant Parish DA's Office) - District Attorney Jay Lemoine announced Wednesday that a Grant Parish Grand Jury indicted Justin Walters on three counts of first degree rape, three counts of second degree kidnapping, three counts of domestic abuse battery (with strangulation), one count domestic abuse battery (with child endangerment), three counts of domestic abuse aggravated assault, and one count possession of controlled dangerous substances - methamphetamine.
Justin Walters | Photo Source: RPSO
The case is being handled by Assistant District Attorney Renee Nugent.
Walters, 56, of Old Road, Colfax, was arrested on February 11, 2019, on drug charges. While in jail, the investigation continued, which led to his arrest on additional charges on May 1, 2019. He will be arraigned on Thursday. A trial date will be set at that time.
Walters remains in jail under a $900,000 bond.
Taking a look at Justin Walters priors:
Walters' criminal history stretches long before his most recent arrest in May. According to Rapides Parish Clerk of Court records, from 2010 through 2015, Walters faced a series of charges. Everything from the possession of stolen goods, to simple criminal damage, unauthorized used of a motor vehicle, and second-degree battery.
It was his May 1, 2019, arrest that caught our attention.
In April 2015, Walters was accused of raping and kidnapping a woman while armed.
In December 2015, he successfully posted a portion of his more than $150,000 bond, and then was placed on house arrest, but in May 2017 it was alleged that Walters was not following the conditions of house arrest.
In 2018, he was hit with a protective order, and the court ordered that the conditions of the house arrest be removed. A trial date was set for this April, four years after that alleged crime.
Rapides Parish District Attorney, Phillip Terrell said, "It's suffice it to say that sometimes things don't move as fast as we would like it to, or as fast as the victims would like it to."
During our investigation, we learned that the Rapides District Attorney's Office has since recused itself from the case because Attorney Phillip Terrell once represented Walters on another matter.
In the meantime, the Grant Parish case will move forward first.
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