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Profit suffers seizure in court, postponing hearing on allegations of voter fraud

Larry Profit (Source: Robert Hollins/WAFB) Larry Profit (Source: Robert Hollins/WAFB)

A hearing on allegations of voter fraud stemming from the April election in Port Allen to replace recalled Mayor Deedy Slaughter was scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed once again.

The purpose of the meeting was to allow deputies with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office to collect documents they have been waiting on for months now. However, their wait will continue.

Larry Profit was the chairman of the recall committee for Councilman-at-Large R.J. Loupe. Just before the election, investigators started looking into allegations that some of Slaughter's supporters took names off Loupe's recall petition, copied them and turned them in as people casting early votes in the April mayoral election without those people knowing. Tuesday's hearing was scheduled in order to get that petition.

Instead, there was an ambulance, along with police and firefighters, outside the West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse. Officials said Profit suffered a seizure while sitting in the courtroom waiting on his hearing to begin. He was taken to the hospital and the hearing did not happen.

"It's painfully obvious that some people will go to any lengths to stay out of jail," said Col. Richie Johnson with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. "Mr. Profit is the chairman of that recall committee and he's required by law to maintain those documents for three years, so we requested the documents from him. He's failed to produce them. We requested them over the summer. He's got three days to comply and he's failed to comply to this point."

A news crew visited Profit's home in an attempt to find out what happened, but no one was there.

A pre-trial conference will be held on Feb. 2, 2015 and the motion hearing has been rescheduled for Feb. 4, 2015.

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