Son of Opelousas Police Chief Martin McClendon attacked during court appearance on murder charges

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Jermarcus McClendon,the son of Opelousas Police Chief Martin McClendon, was attacked during a court appearance Monday in Opelousas. 

According to Lt. Rodney May with the Opelousas Police Department, the incident happened outside the courthouse as McClendon exited the buidling following a court appearance on murder charges.

In May, 2017  McClendon was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of 19-year-old Nakia Ramer and 21-year-old Shawn Parish.

Ramer and Parish were found deceased inside a vehicle in September, 2016 on Cosay Road in Plaisance. A  passing motorist discovered the two bodies, and contacted police, May said. 

“There was a big crowd outside the courtroom as McClendon exited the buidling and was being escorted back to a waiting vehicle,” May said.

“Soon afterwards there was this big commotion when two members of the victims family attacked the suspect.” 

McClendon was not seriously hurt and refused medical treatment on scene, according to May. 

30-year-old Antonio Babineaux and a 16-year-old juvenile face simple battery charges, he said.

Both were cited and released, according to May.  

McClendon is being held in the Rapides Parish Correctional Center. 

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