Grand jury to review Patterson stabbing

MORGAN CITY, La. -- Two local murder cases are winding their way through the 16th Judicial District court system.

The man accused of the murder of Dominique Bennett in Patterson on Dec. 12 will have to go before a grand jury, Tony Saleme, assistant district attorney for the 16th Judicial District, said.

Junior Weston, 46, of Williams Street in Patterson, was booked in to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville at 3:52 p.m. the day after the murder on a charge of first degree murder. Bennett’s body was found in a Williams Street apartment in Patterson.

Weston also has a hold listed for parole violation.

Saleme said that because of the nature of Weston’s charges, a bill of indictment from the grand jury is required. It will be up to the district attorney, once an indictment is handed down, to determine whether the death penalty will be sought, Saleme said.

The grand jury has been called to convene Feb. 5. Meanwhile, Weston remains jailed at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville with no bail set.

Darby Mack Frickey is scheduled to go on trial May 6 for the second degree murder of Mark Berthelot.

Berthelot, 38, had been missing since the beginning of October 2011. His remains were found Nov. 18, 2011, in a sugarcane field off of La. 317 in Centerville with the body being positively identified as Berthelot Dec. 2, 2011.

Frickey, 38, of Bayou Vista was arrested Dec. 5, 2011, and he was indicted in January 2012.

A motion to suppress evidence is scheduled Feb. 21. Other pretrial motions were heard at the end of December, according to the Clerk of Court’s office.

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