A Shreveport man who failed to show up for his trial in Caddo District Court is being sought by authorities on a bench warrant.


Ladarrius Hodge, 25, who was free on bond, failed to appear in District Judge Ramona Emanuel’s court Tuesday, April 25, 2023, one day after his trial on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon began. Over defense objections, Judge Emanuel allowed the trial to resume, with the eight-woman, four-man jury empaneled that day. Late Wednesday, April 26, the jury returned its unanimous guilty-as-charged verdict after a half-hour of deliberation.


The court and the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s office have issued a bench warrant for Hodge’s arrest. Anyone with formation of his whereabouts should contact the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office.