GONZALES, La. — Democratic state Sen. Troy Brown entered a not guilty plea Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge involving a mid-July domestic dispute in which he’s accused of biting his wife’s arm.
Attorney Travis Turner waived Brown’s court appearance for the arraignment on a charge of domestic abuse battery and entered the plea on his behalf. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2dPhteT ) Ascension Parish Judge Marilyn Lambert set Brown’s trial date for Dec. 14. After the hearing, she said she would be filing recusal papers with the Louisiana Supreme Court due to a conflict.
She didn’t specify the nature of the conflict but Turner told reporters later that Lambert’s husband is Republican state Sen. Eddie Lambert, of Prairieville.
Brown has resisted calls for his resignation from Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state officials and said he is trying to reconcile with his wife.
It’s the second of two criminal allegations of violence against women filed against Brown.
Brown pleaded no contest to a simple battery charge last month that he punched his long-time girlfriend in the eye after the Bayou Classic football game in New Orleans in late November. Orleans Criminal District Judge Camille Buras ordered a suspended six-month sentence for Brown after he entered the plea regarding the misdemeanor charge.
Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested and booked Brown early on July 18 in the dispute with his wife, which happened in a struggle over her cellphone. Brown claims his residence is in Assumption Parish, in his legislative district, not in Geismar where his wife and children live.
Brown represents District Two, which includes parts of St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com