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Minister booked for e-mails


December 19, 2001

VILLE PLATTE — Authorities said they arrested a former Evangeline Parish minister Tuesday morning on charges of sending obscene e-mail to women who were members of the church in Reddell where he was the pastor.

James L. Hutchinson, 51, of Ville Platte was released later Tuesday on $3,500 bond for the cyberstalking charge, according to Joe Demourelle of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office.

Authorities suspect he started sending the harassing e-mail that was "lewd and suggestive" after he was removed as minister of the church in May, Demourelle said.

The detective said Hutchinson was arrested in Mamou on similar charges two weeks ago in another case.

Two arrested in shooting

NEW IBERIA — arrested two more men in connection with the Dec. 12 shooting of Korey Decuir and the retaliatory attack on the accused killer's residence, according to police Sgt. Chad Hazelwood.

Michael Fields, 25, of New Iberia was booked with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Hazelwood said.

He is accused of providing the shotgun used by Cordell Williams, 24, in the homicide, police said.

Williams was booked last week with second-degree murder, the spokesman said.

Three hours after Decuir was shot, a group of men sought revenge ina drive-by shooting at Williams' house.

Derek Mayeaux, 20, of New Iberia is accused of driving the car used in the drive-by shooting.

He was booked Tuesday with attempted first-degree murder, Hazelwood said.

Police were at the Williams home during the shooting, and they chased the occupants of the car, after Mayeaux crashed the getaway vehicle into a telephone pole.

Three men were caught that night, but Mayeaux wasn't found until Tuesday, Hazelwood said.

Germaine Broussard, 21; Ralph Broussard Jr., 23; and Stanley Adams, 23; all of Lafayette, were booked Dec. 12 with attempted first-degree murder, Hazelwood said.

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