Grand jury hears evidence in 2019 death

Third Judicial District Attorney John Belton has confirmed a grand jury convened this week to hear evidence in the 2019 death of Ronald Greene.  

Greene died in Louisiana State Police custody following a high-speed chase originating in Ouachita Parish and ending in Union Parish.

State Police have been accused of trying to cover up how Greene died. Initial reports said he died as the result of a car crash during his flight from police. However, body-worn video among the state troopers seemed to contradict those reports.

Earlier this year, Belton said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had asked that the grand jury wait until the federal investigation was completed. Belton said he would delay presenting evidence to the grand jury until the FBI report was received. The district attorney’s office now has that report.

Numerous witnesses are expected to testify before the grand jury and its work may stretch into several weeks.

A special committee of the Louisiana Legislature investigating the incident is also meeting this week.