ABBEVILLE — A gentleman who served seven decades in prison for paralyzing a UL Lafayette baseball player in a 1998 drunken driving crash is becoming held in jail because he failed to exhibit up for trial July 12 for allegedly crashing into a Vermilion Parish family that was bicycling on Father’s Day in 2013.
The demo has regularly been delayed around the earlier eight yrs, in component for the reason that the accused, Jacob Paul Raffray, 50, a previous resident of Duson who now lists his deal with as Addis in West Baton Rouge Parish, will not demonstrate up for court docket dates or because his at any time-rotating protection attorneys or indigent defenders are granted motions to proceed, without the need of objection from the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case.
It took virtually 3 years to arraign Raffray for the June 2013 Vermilion Parish crash for the reason that he failed to exhibit up in court a few occasions, courtroom information present. More than the a long time, he skipped court docket dates 7 occasions, the most recent on July 12. Choose Thomas Fredercik purchased him held without bond. Raffray was arrested July 23 and ordered held in the Vermilion Parish Jail right until demo in September.
He had been arrested in June in West Baton Rouge Parish on expenses of possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia, in accordance to the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail information.
Raffray was no stranger to legislation enforcement officers in Lafayette Parish ahead of the 1998 crash, with a felony report relationship back again to when he was only 17 decades previous, court paperwork present. He experienced been convicted at least a few periods of operating a car underneath the affect and the moment for strike-and-run driving.
Then, in June of 1998, Raffray ran a pink mild at the intersection of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Johnston Road in Lafayette, crashing into a vehicle that was turning still left onto Ambassador Caffery. The crash left UL baseball participant Eric Searcy paralyzed and at least two other youthful older people with critical injuries. Raffray, who was driving devoid of a license, abandoned his motor vehicle and ran absent.
Witnesses explained he had put in several hours consuming at a Maurice bar, but by the time he was captured 12-13 several hours afterwards, the alcohol in his body was inside lawful limits.
Raffray pleaded guilty to a person depend of felony hit and run underneath a plea offer in which 3 counts of initially-diploma vehicular negligent harm and one particular count of negligent injury have been dismissed.
He used 4 years of a 10-12 months sentence in jail, and was produced early in 2003 on excellent time supervision. In a few many years, he stopped reporting for parole supervision and was returned to jail for above 3 decades, acquiring unveiled in April 2009, in accordance to court files. He was granted a very first-offender pardon in December 2011, courtroom records display.
Four decades immediately after his launch, Raffray yet again was suspected of driving drunk when he crashed his truck into a Vermilion Parish household of 5 using bicycles on June 16, 2013. The relatives experienced gifted the father with a new bicycle for Father’s Working day.
A 7-12 months-outdated boy was burned and experienced a fracture as he was pinned underneath Raffray’s truck and the grandmother broke her hips, in accordance to news studies and court data.
Raffrey failed to show up for arraignment twice in 2014 and as soon as in 2015. In January 2016, he was eventually arraigned in person then skipped his up coming courtroom day in June 2016.
On Oct. 12, 2017, 15th Judicial District Court Choose Ed Broussard released Raffray on his possess recognizance in spite of two preceding bench warrants and a fugitive warrant for not showing up for court dates. Raffray later missed two court docket dates in 2019 and one in 2021, courtroom information exhibit.
A couple of delays were attributed to emergencies. The courthouse was shut once for anticipated flooding from Hurricane Harvey and then in 2020 for the reason that of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eight periods Raffray’s protection attorneys, some he employed, other folks from the Indigent Defender’s Business, had been granted hearing delays with no objection from the District Attorney’s Office environment. Assistant DA Ted Ayo is prosecuting the scenario. Broussard granted four of the continuances. Decide Thomas Frederick who is now managing the situation also granted four. A further hearing was ongoing at the ask for of the defense and prosecution.
At a hearing in January, Raffray told Frederick he intended to employ another non-public lawyer, Frederick obtained difficult, saying there would be no far more continuances in the circumstance and any new lawyer experienced to be all set to proceed when the trial day arrived.
But in April and May, according to court docket documents, Frederick granted the defense’s motions to go on without the need of objection from the District Attorney’s Business.