LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Day three of testimony has come to a close in the trial of Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal.
Several former employees of the sheriff’s office took the stand today.
Today we heard the testimony of Wesley Hayes, who was the warden at the Iberia Parish jail on the day of the alleged beatings.
Hayes played a large role in this entire case, he filed a wrongful termination suit against the sheriff’s office.
Hayes says he was terminated a few months after he submitted video of an officer using a canine excessively and biting an inmate.
Warden Hayes, Narcotics Agent Bret Broussard, Deputy Zachary Schaubert, and Narcotics Agent Wade Bergeron all say Sheriff Louis Ackal was at the jail on April 29, 2011, ordering inmate beatings.
However, during the cross-examination of Narcotics Agent Ben LaSalle, he admitted Ackal had no part in the abuse or the simulated sex act of inmate Scott Spears.
LaSalle confessed to participating in several events that you don’t want to hear about law enforcement.
One had to do with a man named Ricky Roché.
Roche landed on LaSalle’s radar because he punched Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Savoy in the eye at a local bar.
The next day, Savoy instructed agents Lasalle and Bergeron to “make a case” on Roach.
Lasalle says he and Bergeron planed to plant drugs on Roach.
But after beating Roche, they allegedly found drugs in his vehicle already.
Lasalle also testified to beating inmate Scott Spears in the chapel of the jail.
When Lasalle found out Spears was a sex offender, Lasalle said: “I put my baton between my legs and him suck the baton.”
When asked why Lasalle responded, “I did it because I knew I wouldn’t get in trouble.”