Grand jury hearing for Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa rescheduled for Friday

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A grand jury hearing about alleged bribery allegations brought against Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has been pushed back to Friday.

The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General made the announcement Tuesday morning, the same day the hearing was supposed to get started in Donaldsonville.

The attorney general's office said the reasons for the delay are Monday's recusal by District Attorney Ricky Babin and the fact that the current grand jury is set to expire.

A new grand jury will be seated Friday.

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.

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