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Grand Jury looks at Shreveport Fire leadership's response to Station 8 allegations

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A Caddo Parish grand jury is looking into the actions of Shreveport Fire Department leadership following the scandal at Station 8.

"The focus of the inquiry is this Grand Jury presentations is the conduct of the fire department administration following the prostitution incident of June 14, 2013," Assistant District Attorney Dale Cox said.

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Grand jury proceedings are confidential, but a list of witnesses obtained by KTBS 3 News includes names associated with the Station 8 case and others whose testimony would be seemingly unrelated. Station 8 firefighters and police who worked that case are among those who received subpoenas, but the list also includes SFD administrators who are expected to testify on other SFD internal affairs investigations.

In court documents filed in the fall, Shreveport Police detectives wrote Chief Craig Mulford ordered a FBI special agent from city property and forbid the investigator from talking to the firefighter who first alert law enforcement to the Station 8 allegations. At that point, SFD considered the allegations an internal matter and had not contacted SPD or any other law enforcement agency about the claims of criminal behavior.

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Cox says they're treating this case like they would any other, even if it takes investigators to the highest rungs of SFD.

"I think it shows this district attorney's office is willing to follow the evidence wherever it leads," Cox said.

The grand jury will hear more testimony in the SFD investigation Thursday. Jurors will have three options at the end of the day: issue a true bill of indictment, decide there isn't evidence to warrant criminal charges or ask for further evidence at the next grand jury in May.

Whether or not the grand jury finds reason to indict anyone in the department's leadership, the district attorney's office has charged five former firefighters related to the alleged misconduct at Station 8. Billy Glass, Derrick Harris, Clint Richardson and Jason Vaughan are schedule for trial June 19 on the misdemeanor charge principal to prostitution. They, along with Randy Chandler, are expected to defend themselves against felony cruelty to the infirm beginning August 18.

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Cox says the DA's office treats the grand jury investigation and Station 8 trials as separate issues.

"The two sets of conduct are very different, one involving the five former firemen we now have charged really involves an operational conduct [and] a hands-on conduct," Cox said. "Whereas, the Grand Jury investigation is really looking into the administration's response."

Attorney John Settle for Derrick Harris says potential indictments for SFD leadership would not affect his case.

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