Three Shreveport men arrested in connection with the death of Shreveport Police officer Chatéri Alyse Payne have made their initial court appearance.
Tre’veon Demarcus Anderson, 26; Lawrence Guydell Pierre II, 21; and Glenn Montreal Frierson, 38, made their initial appearance before Caddo District Court the morning of Thursday, January 17, 2019 through a video-conference feed.
Payne, 22, was shot several times late Wednesday, January 9, 2019, outside her residence in the 1600 block of Midway Avenue in Shreveport’s Caddo Heights neighborhood while preparing to go to work. She was in uniform at the time she was slain.
Anderson, Pierre and Frierson were arrested Tuesday, January 15, 2019, on pending charges of second-degree murder, not first-degree murder usually associated with the killing of a police officer.
“This case will be reviewed and prepared for presentation to the Grand Jury once we receive the investigation package from Shreveport Police, which could take several weeks,” Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. said. “Based on the statements of Chief of Police Ben Raymond and others at Shreveport Police, this case may not meet the legal requirements for first-degree murder, which requires certain aggravating circumstances. However, until we receive and review the file that determination would be premature at this time.”
Frierson was appointed counsel through the Indigent Defender’s office. Anderson was assigned Sonia Cassidy as counsel. Both men will return to court on April 30, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. for preliminary examination. Pierre also will return to court April 30 for preliminary examination and to obtain counsel. Each defendant has a bond set at $500,000 with the special condition of no contact with any member of the victim’s family.
The case has been assigned to Criminal Section 2, with Caddo District Judge John D. Mosely Jr. presiding.
If convicted of second-degree murder, the three men each face a life term in prison without benefit of probation, parole or reduction in sentence. If the charges are upgraded to first-degree murder, the sentences could be death or life in prison without benefit of probation, parole or reduction in sentence.