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Motion to throw out indictment against Matassa denied; trial date set

Kenny Matassa (Source: WAFB) Kenny Matassa (Source: WAFB)
Wayne Lawson (Source: WAFB) Wayne Lawson (Source: WAFB)
Jeff Traylor (Source: WAFB) Jeff Traylor (Source: WAFB)
Lewis Unglesby (Source: WAFB) Lewis Unglesby (Source: WAFB)
ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

A motion made by the attorneys of Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa to have the indictment against him thrown out has been denied. The case will go to trial.

Initially, the questions was: Was the man who was allegedly bribed by Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa and his friend ever a true candidate for the Gonzales City Council race?

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On Tuesday, March 27, attorneys in the state's case against Matassa argued both sides of the issue. Lewis Unglesby, Matassa's lawyer, wanted the indictment tossed out. He argued since Wayne Lawson has lived at several different addresses and allegedly failed to file taxes, he should have never qualified to begin with.

Prosecutor, Jeff Traylor, argued Matassa and Gonzales businessman, Olin Berthelot, would have never made the alleged bribe if they did not believe Lawson was running for office.

Judge Tom Kleibert ruled on the case on Wednesday, April 25 that the indictment will not be tossed out. Then on Monday, April 30, Matassa's attorney filed a motion to waive the jury in Matassa's trial, which has been set for July 10.

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