Grand jury to consider murder
charges against former
FBI Most Wanted fugitive
[Lake Providence, LA]

(LAKE PROVIDENCE, La.) - A grand jury will decide on Thursday whether to return a first or second-degree murder indictment against a suspect who had been one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives until his December 2000 peaceful surrender during a standoff with more than 50 law enforcement officers. An East Carroll Parish grand jury will decide on charges against Jesse James Caston for allegedly killing his wife and her friend as well as the attempted murder of two police officers on April 10, 2000. One officer was hit by Caston's gunfire but survived. District Attorney Buddy Caldwell, who will present evidence to the grand jury, had convinced Caston to surrender at his father's home on Dec. 20, 2000, as the residence was ringed by more than 50 officers. "I don't believe his feet should ever hit the ground outside of a prison," Caldwell told the Associated Press. Caston has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife and one of her female friends and with the attempted murder of the officers. But a grand jury must lodge an indictment before the case can proceed through the court system to trial.


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