Henderson officers plead not guilty in ticket quota system - KLFY News 10

Henderson officers plead not guilty in ticket quota system

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Henderson Police Chief Leroy Guidry and his deputy chief, Mack Lloyd pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon to charges of public payroll fraud, filing false public records and malfeasance in office.

This follows an investigation by the state inspector general's office that alleged the department broke state laws by paying officers based upon the number of tickets they wrote. The report says Guidry used state and local funds to pay officers based on a formula that two tickets equaled one hour of pay.

Guidry and Lloyd arrived in district court Monday and pleaded not guilty to three separate charges relating to the alleged ticket scheme. Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars says the tentative trial date is now set for December 16th.

"The defendants waived the formal arraignment, which means they did not require the charges to be read line by line. They waived that and entered pleas of not guilty at which time we set certain deadlines for filing motions for having the trial itself and status conferences, fairly routine in the criminal proceeding sphere," says Cedars.

The December 16th court date is tentative, Cedars says, because of the amount of paperwork the defense needs to work through. "The documentation upon which these charges is based is extraordinarily voluminous and may take them some time to weed through the evidence, which has been accumulated against them," says Cedars.

The defendants' attorney, Thomas Alonzo, also says a December trial is a reach. "I guess it's possible, but I think it's unlikely. I think that's an early trial date considering there will be motions filed," says Alonzo.

Alonzo says he's waiting for the prosecution to send over files of evidence, including interviews from a former Henderson police officer, before they can file any motions.

"We anticipate a dismissal at some point, but it's too early to say anything. We haven't received the discovery the police reports or any of the evidence the police has," says Alonzo.

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