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Former Leesville Chief of Police Bobby Hickman was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, according to court documents.
The grand jury returned the two-count indictment on June 15, at which time the U.S. Attorney's office requested that the indictment be sealed until the arrest of Hickman. U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Michael Hill ordered the sealing.
A detention hearing was held yesterday afternoon, according to Mona Hardwick, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Hickman, was not detained. A trial date before Judge Richard Haik has been set for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 8 in Lafeyette.
Hickman waived his right to having his indictment read. He pled not guilty to two counts of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
The government called three witnesses and had 11 exhibits. Present for the hearing included Brett Grayson, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the government, and James B. Doyle, Sr., Hickman's attorney.
Doyle called one witness during the detention hearing.
The government's motion for detention was denied; however, a motion to unseal the indictment was granted.
Under Hickman's release on bond, he is required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation within 14 days of Monday, June 27. He is then required to provide the evaluation to the court within 14 days of his examination.
He is also required to report to his probation officer as directed, and he is unable to obtain a passport, travel outside the Western district of Louisiana unless approved by the probation officer, possess a firearm or excessively use alcohol. He is also to reside at his brother's residence in Leesville and is restricted to his residence except for employment; education; religious services; medical substance abuse or mental health treatment; attorney visits; court appearances; court ordered obligations; or other activities pre-approved by the pretrial services office.
Leesville's Provisional Chief of Police Greg Hill said he testified in federal court yesterday concerning the matter, but he did not provide any more details.
A detective with the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office also testified, according to Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft.
Craft said the detective testified concerning a restraining order placed on Hickman by his ex-wife.
According to the indictment, Hickman knowingly possessed a blued Ruger Model GP100 .357 magnum caliber revolver and a chrome Charter Arms Uncercover Model .38 special caliber revolver. Both weapons, according to the indictment, had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce, from which the manufacturer's serial number had been removed, altered and obliterated.
Former Leesville police officer Charlie Lopez, who was arrested Oct. 22 on drug distribution charges, implicated Hickman and fellow police officers John Sims and Michael Cash concerning drug distribution in his plea agreement in federal court in Nov. 2010.
Hickman and Cash were terminated from their positions with the Leesville Police Department Jan. 27, while Sims resigned.
The termination for Hickman came following his "failure to cooperate with the ongoing investigation" being conducted by the City of Leesville, said then Interim City Administrator Willie Banks.
Banks said Hickman failed to appear on Jan. 27 when he was requested to do so.