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Oct 4, 2013 5:47 PM by Dwayne Fatherree, KATC TV-3

Opelousas High School arrestees face Oct. 9 court date

The seven adults and six minors arrested after a riot erupted at Opelousas High School on Sept. 23 will be in court next week.

According to Opelousas Police spokesman Sgt. Jody White, the hearings will be held separately, but will all take place on Oct. 9.

"There will be different stipulations for the 17- and 18-year olds and the minors, but they will try to take care of all of the hearings on that one day," White said Friday afternoon.

The students face charges ranging from simple assault and simple battery to disturbing the peace by fighting.

One of the concerns that prompted holding the hearings on the same day, said White, was that scheduling the six juveniles would bog down the city's juvenile court docket.

"This will make it move a lot easier," White said.

The seven adults charged in the incident are Kevin Savoy, 17; John Texada, 18; Marsell Walker, 18; Antonio Malveaux, 17; Lyric James, 17; Tamonique Thomas, 18; and Deztini Thomas, 17.

Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow has said he will push for the maximum sentence on each count, which means 6 months jail and $1,000 fine for simple battery; 90 days and $200 for simple assault; and 90 days and $100 for disturbing the peace.

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