Jul 102013
 

Judge Benjamin C. Bennett, Jr.

District Judge Benjamin C. Bennett, Jr. (1987-1990)

Judge Benjamin Clyde Bennett, Jr. passed away at his residence in Marksville on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the age of 88. He was the judge who presided at the Avoyelles Parish District Court and denied Vincent Simmons’ Application for a Writ of Mandamus in 1988, in which the prisoner had requested a copy of his arrest report.

His son, Judge William Joseph Bennett, is alleged to have been the sentencing judge in Simmons’ case, according to defense lawyer Laurie White’s review of the pre-parole report. The true trial judge was Judge Earl Edwards, who died in 1998 at the age of 90.

Judge Benjamin C. Bennett’s second son, John Taylor Bennett, also is a lawyer. He partnered with retired District Attorney Charles A. Riddle, Jr. (the father of current District Attorney Charles A. Riddle, III) who had previously practiced with “Eddie” Knoll (Simmons’ prosecutor).

Go to the obituary here.

 

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Apr 182011
 

Former long-term Avoyelles Parish District Attorney “Eddie” Knoll and his wife, current Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll, prosecuted Vincent Simmons for two counts of aggravated rape in 1977.

One week ago, the married couple lost the oldest of its five children. Triston Kane Knoll (June 4, 1971-April 8, 2011), a very eager and hard working attorney, died in Alexandria, Louisiana, at the young age of 39. The Avoyelles Today reported.

One of the Honorary Pallbearers was Freeman Ford. He had been District Attorney Eddie Knoll’s administrative assistant and one of the key players in Simmons’ case, who have remained in the background.

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