Ascension Parish Sheriff Webre tells Capt. Matthews he’s resigning, then rehires him after attorneys make clear litigation is forthcoming, then tells him 90 days later that Matthews can retire, “only if I’ll allow it.”

Ascension Parish Sheriff candidate C. J. Matthews as he outlines the tumultuous transition from Jeff Wiley as Sheriff to Bobby Webre as Sheriff.

It’s time for episode four (4) of our fascinating series with Ascension Parish Sheriff Candidate C. J. Matthews.  The title of our feature says it all, so folks, here’s the video evidence to back it up.

August 15, 2023:  Matthews explains the tumultuous transition from Sheriff Wiley to Sheriff Webre.  As the late C. B. Forgotston was so fond of saying, “You can’t make this stuff up!”

As we indicated we would, we’re expanding the table to now include documents referenced in this video, which are all found on the last row of the updated table (i.e. the eighth row of documents).  Here’s that updated table:

Date (timeframe) of DocumentNature of Document
On or about February 19, 2018 through on or about March 2, 2018.Texts between Corder and the 16-year-old female to include up to the point of the "botched" sting operation by two deputies.
On or about June 4, 2018 to October 31, 2018.Corder relieved of duties, along with limited subsequent documentation to include Louisiana Attorney General letter of October 31, 2018.
Sometime prior to June 27, 2018Ascension Parish Sheriff Lt. Kelly Brown's interview with juvenile victim.
July 6, 2018Digital phone analysis of Corder's cell phone.
May 31, 2018Ascension Parish Lt. Kelly Brown's closeout of Corder investigation.
June 14, 2018Ascension Parish Captain C. J. Matthews' complaint filed with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office
Mid-November of 2018This barrage of documents between Matthews, District Attorney Ricky Babin, and Sheriff Wiley to include a letter from attorney Jill Craft, whom Wiley retained for the Matthews matter, to Matthews.
January 15, 2019 and January 16, 2019Webre's letter (with no letterhead) to Matthews informing Matthews that he (Matthews) was resigning (1/15/19) and letter of full cooperation to AG's Office the next day (1/16/19).
February 12, 2019AG Investigative Memo
November 4, 2019AG Closeout Memo
October 12, 2022LSP Capt. Belinda Murphy's 10/12/22 letter to Matthews stating LSP will conduct no investigation on the Corder matter

Also, we previously provided this link for an Advocate article by David Mitchell published on January 20, 2019, and we’re repeating it for this feature since, let’s just say, inquiries made prior to its publication just may have influenced Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Office’s decision to “rekindle” the investigation.  Further, it may have influenced Webre’s wording in the letter to Landry’s Office (see page two of the last row of documents — i. e. the eighth row of documents in the above table).

Folks, nobody is going to want to miss segment five of this series wherein Matthews elaborates upon the efforts of the Attorney General’s Office as part of its “rekindled” investigation!

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