SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A trial date has been set for the three men accused of second-degree murder in the January death of an off-duty Shreveport police officer.
Treveon Anderson, 26; Lawrence Pierre II, 21; and Glenn Frierson, 38, are charged in the January 9, 2019 shooting death of Chatéri Payne will be tried on March 9, 2020.
Payne was shot multiple times outside of a home in the 1600 block of Midway Avenue. At the time of the shooting, Payne was in uniform and headed in to work her overnight shift.
At Monday’s hearing, presiding Caddo Parish Judge John Mosley addressed the three defendants and their attorneys regarding Pierre’s father, Lawrence Pierre Sr., a Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputy who serves as a bailiff in the Caddo Parish Courthouse.
Mosley said he is “quite familiar” with Pierre’s father, but does not plan to recuse from the case. “I have no problem hearing the case, no problem being totally impartial.”
He said he would not show favoritism to anyone, the defense or the state, and vowed to be “fair and impartial.”
Only Pierre and Frierson were on the docket Monday, but Mosley requested Anderson and his attorney also be present, as he wanted to get his statement on the record.
Any of the attorneys involved are free to file a motion to recuse Mosley, but all have been aware of Pierre’s father’s status at the courthouse from the beginning and have not done so.
On August 16, another defendant in the case, Frierson, pleaded guilty to firearms and drug charges in federal court.
Frierson, who now is in federal custody, will be sentenced on Dec. 11. He is facing 10 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm and 20 years for drug distribution.
Prosecutors Ron Stamps and Brittney Green say Frierson’s status as a federal prisoner will not affect his murder trial in Caddo Parish.
All three defendants will appear in court on Dec. 18 to argue any motions submitted by the state or the defense attorneys.