A Morehouse Parish man, who was on parole in connection with the ambush slaying of two St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputies in 2012, has been incarcerated in the Morehouse Parish Jail on parole violation charges.
Derrick D. Smith, of Bastrop, was arrested April 29, after an alert was received by Probation and Parole officials that indicated a home monitoring device, that Smith was ordered to wear as a condition of his release, had been tampered with.
According to Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs, the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office accompanied Probation and Parole officers to Smith's home to investigate the alert received from Smith's electronic monitoring system. Smith's supervised release, contained provisions that he wear the monitoring device and observe a nightly curfew. Smith was ordered not leave his home between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.
Deputies and Probation/Parole Officers conducted a "home visit" in relation to the alert. Probation and Parole officers took Smith into custody for violation of parole, when Smith was found in technical violation of the terms of his parole. This included testing positive for controlled substances in a urinalysis that was conducted in connection with the "home visit".
Smith was on parole for a 2013 conviction for accessory after the fact to attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He served 46% of his sentence on the two charges which made him eligible for a "good time" credit and early release. He was released from the custody of the Louisiana Department of Corrections on April 1, 2017. He had served nearly 5 years of a 12-year sentence.
Smith's brother, Brian Smith and Kyle Joekel have been charged with capital murder of St. John the Baptist deputies Jeremy Triche and Brandon Nielson in 2012. They were granted a change of venue in March of 2017 in the case, however, no trial date has been set.
Smith's father, Terry Smith is serving a life sentence in connection with another case and charged with accessory to first-degree murder in the killing of the deputies. Brian Smith is the suspected gunman in the case. All have ties to the "sovereign citizen" movement, a radical anti-government group. Two other sheriff's deputies, Michael Scott Boyington and Jason Triche, were also injured in the 2012 ambush shooting at a trailer park in LaPlace. They are both now disabled.
Smith's step-mother, Chanel Skain and Brian Smith’s girlfriend, Britney Keith were also charged in the case and have pleaded guilty to accessory charges in connection with the case.
Derrick Smith will now face a parole board hearing on his violation of parole charges and could be ordered back to prison to serve the remainder of his term. He is incarcerated in the Morehouse Parish Jail without benefit of bond.