A Natchitoches man acquitted on murder charges during the conclusion of a jury trial in the Tenth Judicial District Court three weeks ago is back in jail in connection with a domestic abuse incident that also led to the seizure of illegal narcotics, assault rifles and a handgun according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Kristopher R. Burks, 21, of Natchitoches is incarcerated at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Domestic Abuse Battery and 2-Counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony.
Burks was convicted of Simple Burglary in 2017.
The investigation began Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 a.m. when deputies were dispatched to a reported domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Laird Fletcher Road south of Natchitoches. Deputies spoke to the female victim and her mother upon arrival and learned the victim had allegedly been abused for over a week by her boyfriend, identified as Burks. The victim contacted her mother during the early morning hours of June 17 and exited the residence through a window.
Due to the sensitivity of the investigation, no other details are being released at this time, however, deputies learned illegal narcotics and weapons were allegedly in the residence and a vehicle. Deputies obtained permission to search the vehicle and obtained a search warrant signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge to search the residence. Agents assigned to the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force were summoned.
During a search of the vehicle, agents seized one bag containing approximately 15.2 ounces of suspected marijuana, one bag containing approximately 1 ounce of suspected marijuana, one bag containing approximately 3 grams of suspected marijuana and two additional bags containing 54 suspected MDMA Ecstasy tablets.
During a search of the residence, agents seized three weapons, an SKS assault rifle, Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun and an Anderson 556 assault rifle. The evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics identification analysis.
Burks remains in the NPDC with bond set at $62,500.
The victim was provided a Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System (LAAVNS) form. LAVNS is an on-line resource and toll-free automated system that allows one to search for information regarding an adult offender’s custody and case status. Through this system, one can also register to be notified automatically when an offender is released, transferred or escapes from a parish facility or has a change in case status. For additional information contact the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force at 357-2248.