Grand Jury Indicts Campbell

An Acadia Parish Grand Jury Thursday, Oct. 8, returned a true bill indictment of attempted first-degree murder against a Rayne man.

Anthony Lee Campbell, 37, was shot in the head while reportedly trying to avoid arrest on Feb. 10. The bullet remains in Campbell’s head


Additionally, the Grand Jury ruled that Rayne police officers or Acadia Parish sheriff’s deputies did not use excessive force when they opened fire on Campbell as he attempted to elude arrest.

The local police and parish deputies were executing a search warrant at Campbell’s home at West C Street and Malvern Avenue, when Campbell, according to the officers, tried to escape arrest.

Police said that Campbell tried to drive off in his SUV and, in the attempt, struck an unidentified sheriff’s deputy.

Campbell’s attorney has said his client denies the allegations.

No weapons were found in the SUV, but a large amount of money and suspected narcotics were discovered.

“The shooting was justified under the circumstances,’” said District Attorney Mike Harson Thursday afternoon.

Campbell remains free on bond. The district attorney reported that the $30,000 bond, originally imposed on a drug charges, was made concurrent on the new charge. “He is no flight risk,” said Harson about Campbell. The district attorney added that Campbell is currently undergoing physical therapy and medical treatment.

Louisiana State Police investigated the incident and turned over their finds to Harson’s office in early June.

Campbell’s originally was charged, along with two other men, following an early morning raid by Rayne police on Jan. 12, 2009.

After executing a search warrant, Campbell was charged with intent to distribute a Schedule I drug: Marijuana in a school zone; Possession with Intent to distribute a Schedule II drug (cocaine in excess of 28 grams); Transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses; and possession of firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies; resisting an officer; and Obstruction of Justice by destruction of evidence.

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