Natchitoches Parish Grand Jury returns indictment against accused murderer


Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced the grand jury findings in the July 2018 burning death of a six-month-old infant.

The grand jury returned a true bill indictment of 1st degree murder against Felicia Marie- Nicole Smith, 26, of Natchitoches.

Additionally, the grand jury has pretermitted the case of Hanna Nicole Barker, 23, of Natchitoches, who is the mother of the infant victim. Barker is charged with criminal conspiracy and principal to 1st degree murder.

Harrington stated, “pretermitting of a charge often occurs when the grand jury requests more evidence in a case to proceed, but allows the investigation to continue.”

“These cases are still under investigation. The Natchitoches City Police and the La. State Fire Marshal are continuing with their work on both cases. As additional evidence is obtained and presented, we will proceed accordingly,” said Harrington.