Local defendants get court dates


 Several local defendants were in court Thursday, Sept. 5.

Among them were Tyrese Evans, charged with drive by shooting; Demario Davis, charged with attempted second-degree murder; Trandon Mitchell, charged with second-degree murder; A.L. Simmons, charged with third-degree rape; Darrius Sweet, charged with attempted second-degree murder; and Phillip Watson, charged with second-degree rape.

Evans’ charges stem from an incident Oct. 22, 2018, on Reba Street where two innocent victims were injured. A 5-year-old was shot in the lower calf and a 3-year-old, both female, received an injury to her foot. Both were treated and released and were expected to fully recover.

Davis’ charges stem from the same incident. He is set for trial Dec. 2. Evans did not show up for court and a bench warrant for failure to appear was issued.

Mitchell is set for trial April 6.

Simmons is set for trial Feb. 10 at a second setting.

Sweet, of Many, is charged in reference to a Feb. 17 stabbing on Francis Street that resulted in a Natchitoches man being rushed to a Shreveport hospital with life threatening injuries. Sweet allegedly went to the residence of his ex-girlfriend in the 100 block of  Francis Street. While there, Sweet allegedly approached a vehicle his ex-girlfriend was sitting in, entered the vehicle, committed a battery on her, then pulled her out of the vehicle and dragged her on the ground. Sweet then reportedly entered the residence and stabbed a male friend of the ex-girlfriend multiple times in the back and head.

Sweet is set for trial Dec. 2.

Watson is also set for trial Dec. 2.