Former E. Feliciana coroner pleads not guilty to charges

Former E. Feliciana coroner pleads not guilty to charges

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The former coroner of East Feliciana Parish pleaded not guilty to charges Tuesday, according to the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General.

The office of Attorney General Jeff Landry reported Laura DeJohn pleaded not guilty to charges of filing false records and criminal conspiracy. A trial date has not been set.

DeJohn and former deputy coroner Melanie Vines are accused of knowingly misusing their authority and positions of public trust by allegedly participating in a criminal scheme to defraud the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office.

Both DeJohn and Vines were arrested in March 2017. Vines has not yet appeared for an arraignment hearing.

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