Kentwood chief pleads not guilty

AMITE (AP) — Kentwood Police Chief Gregory Newton, indicted this month in a missing evidence case, pleaded not guilty Thursday to two charges in state district court.

Newton entered the plea to malfeasance in office and unauthorized use of a movable before District Judge Elizabeth Wolfe.

Steven Hartmann, a spokesman for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, said the case is set for motions on Oct. 23 before state District Judge Wayne Ray Chutz.

The attorney general’s office is prosecuting the case after District Attorney Scott Perrilloux recused his office.

Louisiana State Police began an investigation last December after a citizen alleged that approximately $2,000 recovered from a burglary had been misappropriated by the Kentwood Police Department. Newton, who was the sole guardian of the missing evidence, is accused of tampering with the cash.

Newton, 59, remains free in lieu of $50,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine on each count.

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