Judge issues, recalls bench warrant after former cop fails to appear for pre-trial hearing

Ashley White
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Updated 5:30 p.m. Thursday: According to Allyson Prejean, the attorney for Alex Ritter, the warrant has been recalled. 

Original: A judge issued a bench warrant for a former Lafayette Police officer after he failed to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing. 

The warrant was issued Thursday by 15th Judicial District Judge Royale Colbert after Alex Ritter failed to show for a hearing in his simple battery misdemeanor case. The warrant was still in effect Thursday afternoon, the clerk of the court's office said. 

Ritter has pleaded not guilty to the charge and to a charge of malfeasance in office. 

The Daily Advertiser is seeking comment from Ritter's attorney, Allyson Prejean. . 

The 29-year-old was fired in April, the same day he was arrested. Ritter was fired after an internal affairs investigation was launched by Chief Thomas Glover Sr. when he was made aware of an incident involving the officer and an arrestee, Edmond Thornton, a spokesperson said at the time.

Ritter's indictment cites the incident as having happened on or about Dec. 31, 2020, and lists Thornton as a victim in the simple battery charge. Lafayette Sheriff's Office spokesperson Capt. John Mowell said the incident happened near the jail.

Ritter has a scheduled court appearance in the malfeasance case next week. 

The former officer has appealed his termination with the Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service Board and is asking for his job back. Prejean, told the board his firing was without just cause and in bad faith. 

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