“I’m being treated unfairly”: Accused cop-killer complains that defense lawyers keep dropping his case

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SHREVEPORT, LA – The man accused of pulling the trigger in the shooting death of a Shreveport police officer complains that public defenders keep abandoning him.

In a letter, the accused killer also told the Caddo District Attorney that he is being denied access to the evidence against him.

Tre’Veon Anderson, 29, has been charged with second-degree murder for the January 9, 2019, shooting death of 22-year-old Shreveport Officer Chateri Payne as she walked toward her police cat to leave for work.

Officer Chateri was shot at least four times, with at least one round striking her in the head, according to police reports.

Anderson, Lawrence Pierre II and Glenn Montrell Frierson were arrested in connection with the slaying. They have been held on charges of second-degree murder. The three have pleaded not guilty to the shooting.

The co-defendants are scheduled for trial starting April 4.

Anderson, who was Payne’s boyfriend, shot her multiple times. He was implicated by his cousin Pierre, who said he witnessed the shooting. Anderson and Payne lived together and had a 2-year-old daughter, according to KTBS.

Pierre admitted to detectives that he was present when Payne was shot and hid the murder weapon, a .40-caliber handgun. Police said Pierre hid the murder weapon and led them to it after they began questioning him. Pierre, 21, was a deputy clerk of court at Caddo Juvenile Court.

Frierson, 38, was also implicated by Pierre. He told police that Frierson accompanied him to the scene of the crime and left with him after Payne was killed.

Court documents detailed a volatile relationship between Anderson and Payne. Family told police that Payne was planning to end her relationship with Anderson at the time of the shooting.

In the February 17 letter to District Attorney James Stewart, Anderson requested copies of the evidence the State intended to use against him at trial. Anderson claimed he was told there was too much evidence and his public defender did not want to pay the fees required.

Anderson wrote:

“Mr. Stewart, I am fighting for my life, I am entitled to see the evidence against (me), but I still haven’t seen it yet.

“All I want is this trial to be fair and for the truth to come out. I have been getting treated unfairly since the beginning of this. I can’t even face my (accuser) because we are on a joint trial and that’s my legal right.”

He also argued that he has gone through seven different public defenders because they “all got off my case” because it was “so high profile and political. Anderson wrote:

“(The public defenders) all got off my case. I haven’t even had effective counsel to represent me and review the case. It’s like I am going to trial in the blind. The justice system is supposed to be fair for all parties involved.”

This is not the first time Anderson has written a letter to the District Attorney. He previously wrote to say he would accept a plea deal in the case. He offered to plead guilty if the State agreed to certain conditions.

He later wrote a letter to District Attorney Stewart complaining about the plea offer, complaining that the second-degree murder charge offered was the same charge he was originally charged with:

“How is that a plea deal when that’s what I’m charged.”

If convicted of second-degree murder, the three men each face a life term in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or a reduction in sentence.

"I'm being treated unfairly": Accused cop-killer complains that defense lawyers keep dropping his case

‘Beloved’ police officer shot in the head and killed after pleading with suspect to drop a gun

July 11, 2021

 

DOYLINE, LA – A police officer was shot and killed while pleading with the suspect to drop a gun on Friday as officers responded to a disturbance on Green Tree Street in Doyline, about 20 miles east of Shreveport.

State police said around 5:45 p.m. on July 9, Doyline police officer William Earl Collins Jr. and two Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies exchanged gunfire with a suspect, identified as 59-year-old Mahlon Taylor, upon arrival to the call.

Officer Collins, locally known as “Billy,” was shot in the head by the suspect. He was airlifted to Ochsner LSU Health where he died just after 7:40 p.m.

The two deputies were not injured. The Doyline police cruiser and the deputies’ vehicles were damaged by gunfire during the shootout.

Authorities said that multiple other agencies arrived at the scene, and Taylor barricaded himself inside a mobile home.

Shortly before 11 p.m., two shots were heard inside the home. Officers made entry into the and found the suspect injured from a gunshot wound. Taylor was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.

Officer Collins was working part-time for the Doyline Police Department and was also a full-time Webster Parish sheriff’s deputy. Sheriff Jason Parker spoke about the fallen hero during a press conference:

“We lost a good man, a family lost a good husband, a good father, a good Webster Parish deputy, a good reserve office, patrol officer for the city of Doyline that loved and served his citizens well.”

Parker thanked the over 200 law enforcement officers who responded to the scene, calling their support “overwhelming”:

“It just breaks my heart because every time we put on this uniform, and we go out and try to serve the public this could happen to anybody. This could happen to any one of us.”

Doyline Mayor Steven Bridwell commented:

“This has got to be the most tragic day that I’ve ever experienced here, and I never thought I’d see this here in our community.

“Billy was loved in the community.”

The Mayor asked that everyone keep the Collins family in their prayers.

Local residents talked to local media about the events that night, and their memories of the hero officer who sacrificed his life for them.

One resident said he and his wife were in their garage when they heard the gunshots:

“Me and my wife are in the garage, and we heard three or four gunshots pop off.”

After the gunshots, the resident observed Collins trying to talk to the suspect:

“It was, ‘You don’t have to do this. Come on out brother, drop the gun. You don’t have to do this dude.’ But I didn’t know he was shot because I could still hear him hollering.”

An employee at the Doyline Country Store, a local hangout where Officer Collins frequented, said that he never expected such an incident in their small town. Cashier Alex Hozan said:

“He was a pretty nice guy. He welcomed us into this community when we first bought this store. Everybody loves him over here; he’s really respected in town.”

Hozan said Taylor was also a customer at the store and did not give any indication of pending tragedy:

“He would just come and get his stuff and go. I never expected anything like this to happen. I never saw it coming.”

Collins visited the store on his way to work Friday, Hozan recalled, recognizing the dangers police officers face every day in service to their communities:

“You really don’t know as soon as you walk out, you don’t know if you’re going to come home or not. It’s really just sad.”

Another resident seemed to sum up the feeling of the tightknit community:

“I never thought that this would happen in a little community like Doyline. Like we’re not even a town, we’re a village.

“I didn’t think anything would like that would happen here. And it didn’t deserve to happen to a man who was just responding to a call.”

On Facebook, the Village of Doyline issued a statement citing a popular Bible phrase in the law enforcement community:

“The community of Doyline grieves the senseless death of one of our own, Officer Billy Collins. He was killed tonight in the line of duty while responding to a call for service. We are heartbroken for his family, friends, and fellow officers.

“I ask that you join us in lifting up Billy’s family, his Doyline Police Department family, and his Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office family in your prayers. ‘Blessed are peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.’ -Matthew 5:9.”

Condolences were not just coming from the local community.  Facebook was overrun with messages of sorrow and praise for the officer and his family.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry released the following statement:

“Today, I join my fellow citizens in mourning the tragic death of Webster Parish Deputy and part-time Doyline Police Officer Billy Collins. Our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day, and last night Officer Collins paid the ultimate price.

“I thank his family for his faithful service to the community and pray for God’s blessing on them during this difficult time.”

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office also invoked a popular Bible verse in their condolences:

“Our hearts go out to Sheriff Jason Parker and our brothers and sisters of the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office and Doyline PD. Please know Sheriff Mark Wood and the men and women of Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office extend our deepest sympathies to all of you in the death of Deputy William Earl ‘Billy’ Collins, Jr.

“‘Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, here am I; send me.’ -Isaiah 6:8 KJV.”

The Shreveport Police Officers Association paid a heartfelt tribute to Officer Collins:

“Our hearts are broken this morning. We have lost a brother and Northwest Louisiana once again suffers the tragedy of a murdered police officer. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Billy Collins. We are praying for the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Doyline Police Department as they suffer through this tragedy. We know all too well what you are feeling. Know that the SPOA stands ready to help you in any way possible.

“The days to come will bring doubt and disbelief. Stay the course, you good and faithful servants. You are loved and respected by your brothers and sisters in Shreveport. We ask that all who want and desire a lawful society to surround these organizations with your prayers and love at this time. Billy Collins went to help his fellow man. He is and will always be a hero of Louisiana.”

Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Bossier Field Office (LSP BFO) is the investigating agency for the shooting.  Authorities said the investigation is ongoing, and that charges are pending.

Collins is the fourth area law enforcement officer to die in violent encounters while on the job since 2015.

 

 

 

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