Caddo Commissioner accused of fraud makes first court appearance

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Caddo Commissioner Lynn Cawthorne and his sister, Belena Turner, charged with stealing money from a summer food program for kids, made their first appearance in court.

Both are charged with 7 federal counts of wire fraud and 1 count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Cawthorne and Turner were scheduled for arraignment with Magistrate Judge Mark L Hornsby.

However, Cawthorne and Turner are still in the process of hiring separate attorneys so the arraignment has been rescheduled for Wednesday May 9th at 3 pm at the Tom Stagg United States Courthouse in downtown Shreveport.

Marty Stroud was defense council for both Cawthorne and Turner. Turner plans to retain Stroud as her attorney and Cawthorne told Judge Hornsby he plans to retain Shreveport Lawyer, Randy Keene.

A Garcia hearing will determine of Stroud can continue as Turners lawyer or if there is a conflict of interest because Cawthorne has spoken to him about the case.

Cawthorne and Turner were released on a $25,000 secured bond.

Both are planning to enter a plea of not guilty.

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