Governor Needs to Support Calcasieu DA in His Death Warrant Filing for Convicted Child Rapist and Murderer,
BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is issuing
calling for Governor John Bel Edwards to support Calcasieu Parish District
Attorney John Derosier in his death warrant filing for convicted child rapist
and murderer Jason Reeves.
Attorney General Jeff Landry issued the following
“It has been almost 20 years since this despicable man
raped and murdered a four-year old girl. During this time - he has had multiple
new and unsuccessful trials, hearings, and appeals with both the Louisiana and
United States Supreme Courts upholding his death sentence.
Now while the victim’s family seeks justice - the only
remaining obstacle to justice may be the willingness, or unwillingness, of the
Governor to allow it.
I stand with District Attorney Derosier in seeking to
follow through on the promise our State has made to the victim’s family. I urge
the Governor to be as steadfast in delivering justice to this rapist and
murderer as he has been in releasing other criminals early under the guise of
I have repeatedly given the Governor multiple options to
move forward on capital punishment. It is a shame that his allies in the Senate
thwarted legislation which would have helped. And Angola still has a
compounding pharmacy by which the drugs for lethal injections can be concocted.
It is also critical the public understand that the law
does not mandate any particular drug protocol - it simply mandates a death
sentence be carried out by lethal injection. As I noted in a Legislative
Hearing earlier this year, there are other drugs which could be administered.
We must move forward to hold this criminal accountable.
I hope the Governor chooses an option soon so this family and countless others
do not have to wait another 20 years to get justice for their loved one.”