GRANT PARISH, La. (KALB) – A Mississippi man, who didn’t show up for the official start of his trial in Grant Parish, has been acquitted by a jury of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm within the presence of drugs.
Sidney Vaughn, 54 of Hollandale, MS, made an appearance for jury selection this week, but when his trial officially started on Wednesday, he didn’t show up. According to Grant Parish District Attorney Jay Lemoine, the law allows for a defendant to willingly waive his presence. So, Judge Warren Willett allowed the trial to move forward.
The jury ended up finding Vaughn “not guilty” of the charges. The case was prosecuted by Jimmy White. Vaughn was represented by Joe Beck, Jr.