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Grand jury set to hear case against Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa

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A date has been set for a grand jury to hear the case against the Ascension Parish president.

An Ascension Parish grand jury will listen to evidence on November 15 involving bribery allegations brought against Parish President Kenny Matassa.

Matassa is accused of offering cash and a job to a candidate for parish council if that man would agree to drop out of the Gonzales City Council race.

The allegations, which include audio recordings, were first reported by the Pelican Post, an online newspaper. The conversations reportedly captured by The Pelican Post over a four-day period are seemingly scandalous.

The alleged conversation is between President Matassa, his friend Olin Berthelot, and a candidate for Gonzales City Council Division E, Wayne Lawson.

District Attorney Ricky Babin said he had enough evidence to launch a full-scale investigation. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the investigation.


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