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Covington grand jury indicts ex-coroner's employees, brother of of former DA

Mark Lombard and Kim Kelly, who had worked for Dr. Peter Galvan, face theft charges. Mark Lombard and Kim Kelly, who had worked for Dr. Peter Galvan, face theft charges.
COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - In separate cases, a state grand jury in Covington on Tuesday indicted two former employees of the St Tammany coroner's office and the brother of the former district attorney.

The grand jury indicted CPA Kim Kelly and Chief death investigator Mark Lombard. They are charged with three counts of theft over $1,500. Both were featured two years ago in FOX 8's Lee Zurik investigative series Body of Evidence.

We reported that Kelly used public money to buy groceries and shampoo. Kelly was also allegedly involved in a scheme that saw former coroner Peter Galvan, 10's of thousands of dollars in illegally obtained payments for vacation, and sick leave.

Lombard was charged for  allegedly involvement  in a personal contract between former Coroner Dr. Peter Galvan and the city of Slidell to provide inmate medical care, even though Lombard is not a doctor. 


Bond was set at $25,000 for Kelly and Lombard.


Lombard's attorney Ralph Capitelli said he will vigorously defend his client against the new charges.


Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell said, " if you're in this office, and see something wrong, you can't look the other way intentionally."


Lombard's attorney Ralph Capitelli said he will vigorously defend his client against the new charges.

The grand jury also returned a four-count indictment against Richard Reed, the brother of former St. Tammany District Attorney Walter Reed. Richard Reed is charged with sexual battery, second-degree kidnapping, impeding a witness, and public intimidation,  for an incident involving an intoxicated woman at Chimes bar in August 2014.

Assistant Attorney General Butch Wilson is argued  for a higher bond, saying Richard Reed used a wallet DA's badge and forced the woman into the back of his car, calling the incident 'as serious as it gets.'

Judge August Hand approved a bond of $100,000.

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