Jury Finds Mansfield Man Innocent of Manslaughter Charge

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Late Friday afternoon on March 29, a DeSoto Parish Jury found Cody C. Parker innocent of manslaughter charges. He had originally faced second-degree murder charges from an incident that occurred on February 26, 2017 at a residence on Canary Street in Mansfield.

At that time, a subject, later identified as James Hewitt, age 50, of Mansfield approached a residence on Canary Street and began vandalizing a vehicle. The homeowner had previous issues with vandalism and noticed the subject outside of his residence. Through investigation, it was learned the homeowner exited the home and engaged the subject with a rifle. The victim ran from the scene.

The Mansfield Police Department initially responded to the scene and located the victim in an adjacent yard. The victim was transported to DeSoto Regional Health Services where he was later pronounced deceased. Chief Gary Hobbs (now retired) requested assistance from the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, and investigators responded to the scene to assist in the collection of evidence.



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