Jennings Ex-Police Chief Pleads Not Guilty to Malfeasance

A former Jennings police chief accused of taking items from the department's evidence room has pleaded innocent in state district court to malfeasance and other felony charges.

Johnny Lassiter and his attorney, Robert Sheffield Jr. of Lake Charles, entered the plea during a brief court appearance Thursday in state court. He is set to stand trial Sept. 16.

Lassiter was arrested in January on charges of theft over $1,500, malfeasance, obstruction of justice and injuring public records after an audit of the department's evidence room found that several items were missing, including drugs.

The charge of injuring public records has been dismissed.

Lassiter resigned as a police officer on Jan. 8, just three days before his arrest by state police.

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