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2 teens charged for murder of father and son

On April 26, law enforcement officials in Louisiana announced that two teens were being charged for the murder of a father and his son. A 17-year-old boy is accused of shooting the alleged victims at their home, and an 18-year-old woman is accused of driving the getaway car after the incident.

The alleged homicide occurred in the Metairie section of New Orleans on April 22. According to police, the accused boy brought a shotgun with him when he entered an unlocked side door at the victims' residence. He allegedly stole several items from the victims' home and shot the 56-year-old father and his 25-year-old son. While this was going on, the accused woman allegedly circled the block in an SUV that had been reported stolen earlier that day.

Deputy shot after alleged argument

A deputy suffered several gunshot wounds in what officials are calling an "ambush" after an argument with a driver in Paradis, Louisiana. The deputy was directing traffic in a school zone when a 58-year-old Mississippi man allegedly began to argue with him over the deputy's refusal to stop other vehicles to allow the driver to make a turn.

The driver apparently left the area after the confrontation but then returned a short time later and summoned the law enforcement officer over to his vehicle. At that point, the deputy noticed that the driver had a gun on the dashboard of his car and drew his own weapon while commanding the driver to show his hands. At that point, the driver allegedly held the gun out the window with his left hand and began firing a second gun with his right.

Man pleads guilty to murder charges in death of Louisiana woman

A 19-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, bringing to a close a case involving the death of an 18-year-old Louisiana woman. The 18-year-old woman was living in Louisiana with her Air Force husband at the time of her death, which occurred in New York. The woman's body was found near a bridge in Rockville Center.

The murder charges stem from the woman's death in 2013 when she was visiting her mother in Long Island. After being arrested and charged with murder, the 19-year-old man pleaded guilty in April 2015 in connection with her death, admitting guilt in involvement with her death. The young man had spoken to a TV news crew the day before he arrested when he stated that he was part of a group that was with the young woman on the night of her death, but further details of the incident were not mentioned in the latest reports.

9 Louisiana men charged in federal methamphetamine bust

According to recent reports, a federal investigation resulted in the largest seizure of methamphetamine ever conducted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies participated in serving the federal search warrants against nine men, who were later indicted by a federal grand jury.

During the searches, officers discovered 9 kg of methamphetamine, according to reports. The value of the drugs was estimated at $1 million. Additionally, authorities confiscated 8 lbs. of marijuana and a number of firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle.

Louisiana man facing murder charge

A 34-year-old man was indicted for a murder charge on April 13. A grand jury in Bossier Parish indicted the Shreveport man for the murder of a 33-year-old woman from Haughton. The woman's dead body was discovered in a truck that was parked in a Haughton pasture on March 15.

According to reports, sheriff's deputies found the deceased woman's body inside of a maroon 2014 Ford F-250 truck. Sheriff's deputies had arrived at the pasture near Highway 157 after receiving a call about the vehicle. Although the Bossier Parish Coroner did not immediately report the cause of death, investigators say the woman had been shot one time. The truck was reported to be a stolen vehicle from Mississippi.

Man convicted of killing roommate

On April 9, a jury in Louisiana found a man guilty of second-degree murder after deliberating for less than two hours. As a result of the Livingston Parish jury's decision, the 25-year-old accused man now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

An incident on May 10, 2014, led to the man receiving a murder charge. According to the prosecution, the accused man shot and killed a 29-year-old man at a residence on Spur Road. At the time, the two men lived in the home together, and witnesses say that the accused man became enraged after he was instructed to move out. The alleged victim died after he was shot once in the chest.

Ex-NFL player accused of running Ponzi scheme

Football fans in Louisiana might be interested to learn about charges that were recently filed against former New York Giants cornerback Will Allen. On April 6, a Boston federal court revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission had filed a complaint against Allen. Federal regulators believe that Allen and a co-defendant used fraud to operate a Ponzi scheme between July 2012 and February 2015.

In a statement, the head of the SEC's regional office in Boston claimed that Allen and his co-defendant took money from investors and claimed that the money was being lent to pro athletes. The operation was allegedly built on a false idea of a successful investment that would result in a profitable return. However, $7 million of the investors' money was allegedly used to make payments to other investors.

The stages of a criminal case: Don't stand for rights violations

When you're facing charges for a crime, you need to understand what you're going to be going through in the future. You need to have protection and a defense from the start, so you don't make a mistake that ends up costing you the case. At the beginning, you'll be accused of a crime, but at that point, there's little that can be done.

Next, an investigation into the allegations may be completed. During this time, it's important to speak with your lawyer to make sure the investigation isn't violating any of your rights. If something has been investigated or done illegally, this needs to be addressed. If the investigation has been completed and an arrest warrant is issued, then you need to be prepared for the next step of your case, the arrest.

The provisions of Louisiana rape laws

Evidence showing a crime was committed doesn't prove a defendant's guilt. The state must tie the defendant with the alleged crime while satisfying every provision of the law. Criminal defense attorneys challenge prosecutors' claims to obtain a reduction or withdrawal of charges.

A sexual assault charge, in any form, is an extremely serious allegation. All Louisiana rape crimes have common elements, but the severity of a rape charge can mean the difference between a handful of years in prison and a death sentence.

Why is a federal tax agency involved in money laundering cases?

Personal and business income is taxable by federal, state and local governments. Louisiana taxpayers try to reduce tax burdens by taking advantage of all possible deductions and credits. The Internal Revenue Service is also well aware people try to cheat the tax system, particularly when funds are unlawfully obtained.

Money laundering is a white collar crime that involves hiding illegal income by recycling it through legitimate operations. This serves two purposes. Dirty money is cleaned and criminals avoid paying taxes.

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