Source: District Attorney’s Office
District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced the completion of the first criminal jury trial with precautions in place due to COVID-19. For jury selection, instead of the usual courtroom location at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, the 10th Judicial District Court initially convened in the Natchitoches Event Center.
Thirty prospected jurors were randomly selected from citizens who were summoned to appear. Those 30 were transported to the courthouse for jury selection. In the courtroom, COVID-19 precautions were evident throughout. Proper social distancing was practiced and face protection was worn.
Additionally, the courtroom has been outfitted with protective plexi-glass shields in the jury box where each juror can participate in the court proceeding while being protected. After a jury was selected, the defendant in the case changed his plea from not guilty to guilty to the charge of second-degree battery.
Quintrarevas White, 19, of Natchitoches, was charged with second-degree battery relating to an April 2019 incident on July Street in Natchitoches.
White fired a handgun at another person while standing in the street. Although he missed his intended victim, the bullet entered a nearby home and struck a woman inside the home, causing serious bodily injury. Judge Desiree Dyess set a sentencing date for Nov. 9.
The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Cloyd Benjamin Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Jason Methvin.