A Natchitoches man acquitted during the conclusion of a jury trial in the Tenth Judicial District Court on murder charges three weeks ago- is back in jail in connection with a domestic abuse incident that also led to the seizure of illegal narcotics, assault rifles and a handgun according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Kristopher R. Burks, 21, of Natchitoches is currently being held in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Domestic Abuse Battery, and 2-Counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony.
Burks was convicted of Simple Burglary in 2017.
The investigation began on Thursday June 17 at approximately 7:30am, when Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division were dispatched to a reported domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Laird Fletcher Road just south of Natchitoches, La.
Deputies say upon their arrival, they spoke to the female victim and her mother.
During the investigation, deputies learned the victim had allegedly been abused by her boyfriend identified as Kristopher Burks for over a week.
The victim was able to contact her mother during the early morning hours of June 17 and exited the residence through a window.
Due to the sensitivity of the investigation, no other details are being released at this time, however, deputies learned that illegal narcotics and weapons were allegedly in the residence and a vehicle.
Deputies obtained permission to search the vehicle and obtained a search warrant signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge to search the residence.
Agents assigned to the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force were summoned to assist in the investigation.
During a search of the vehicle, agents seized 1-bag containing approximately 15.2 ounces of suspected marijuana, 1-bag containing approximately 1 ounce of suspected marijuana, 1-bag containing approximately 3 grams of suspected marijuana and 2 additional bags containing 54 suspected MDMA Ecstasy tablets.
During a search of the residence, agents seized three weapons, a SKS asault rifle, Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun and an Anderson 556 assault rifle.
The seized evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics identification analysis.
Burks remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center with bond set at $62,500.00 by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge.
The victim was provided a Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System Form by NPSO Deputies:
LAVNS is an on-line resource and toll-free automated system that allows you to search for information regarding an adult offender’s current custody and case status. Through this system, you can also register to be notified automatically when an offender is released, transferred, or escapes from a Parish facility or has a change in case status.
If you have any additional information contact the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force at 357-2248.