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Cartrell Brooks pleads not guilty
The Logansport man accused of intentionally spreading HIV to more than a dozen people makes a plea of not guilty.
Brooks, who is still being held in the Desoto Parish Detention Center, entered his plea to Judge Robert Burgess via closed circuit television Wednesday morning.
Cartrell Brooks faces one count of aggravated incest, three counts of intentional exposure to aids virus and two drug charges.
Authorities arrested Brooks in January, after he was accused of raping a young relative in Logansport.
"We're going to seek jail time for him, and we're going to prove the case by having his witnesses come to court to testify against him,” says Richard Johnson, Desoto Parish District Attorney. “Obviously, we'll have medical experts that'll testify against him also."
Johnson says since Brooks’ has been arrested 52 times, his criminal history will work against him in court.
"We're going to take all of that into consideration, and we're also going to see whether or not he can be subjected to the habitual offenders bill,” says Johnson. “If he is, we can lengthen his sentence, because of his past criminal deeds."
Plus, Brooks could still face more charges.
"We haven't heard anything from anybody yet, but if more people come forward and inform us of it, of course we will charge him with additional charges based on whatever information we receive," says Johnson.
Brooks will be back in court on April 22nd for a pre trial hearing.
After Brooks has been tried for crimes in Desoto Parish, there’s a possibility for him to be extradited back to New York to face drug charges there.