A Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputy was indicted June 30, 2021, by the Caddo Parish Grand Jury, stemming from the death of a man in custody earlier this year.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Deputy Ryan Chapman was indicted by a Caddo Parish Grand Jury for one count of malfeasance in office stemming from a March 18, 2021 in-custody death. The charge is a felony that carries up to five years with or without hard labor and a possible fine of up to $5,000. His bond was set at $7,500. Chapman has already been booked and posted bond pending a court date.

The charge arose when Chapman along with other deputies went to a property on Pecan Road to execute an arrest warrant for someone other than William Walls. Walls, 68, ended up handcuffed and placed in the rear of a Caddo Parish Sheriff cruiser alone. He was later found in distress and subsequently died at Willis-Knighton South.

The same grand jury entered a no true bill for another in-custody death that occurred at Caddo Correctional Center. The grand jury did however, inspect Caddo Correctional Center and made a public report of its findings, which is attached.