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State grand jury launches probe of wrongful arrest under ex-DA Walter Reed

The state panel is looking into allegations that two of Reed's investigators abused their power four years ago. (File Photo) The state panel is looking into allegations that two of Reed's investigators abused their power four years ago. (File Photo)
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Multiple sources confirm that a new state grand jury probe has been launched into actions taken by those under former St. Tammany District Attorney Walter Reed.

Reed faces his own federal indictment, but the state panel is looking into allegations that two of Reed's investigators abused their power four years ago. That grand jury will meet next week in Covington.

Multiple sources tell FOX 8 the grand jury is examining an incident that stemmed from a landlord-tenant dispute, in which two of Reed's former investigators intervened. That dispute arose in connection with the Ground Pati on Highway 190 in Covington, which is now a restaurant under a different name.  The owner of the property, A.P. Marullo, had a dispute with the tenant, Ricky Cambre, alleging that over $10,000 worth of equipment was damaged or missing.

The Metropolitan Crime Commission says two former St. Tammany D.A. investigators, Louis Dabdoub Sr. and Sam Gebbia, stepped in and arrested the tenant. Sources say the landlord, Reed and the investigators all worked for the NOPD in the 70s and are old friends.

The tenant wound up being arrested, and now a state grand jury has subpoenaed witnesses to appear next Tuesday, as it investigates whether the investigators abused their power.

"The D.A.'s office settles the civil claim that was asserted, and by settling they admit that an innocent man was prosecuted for the better part of two years,” Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche said.

According to the Metropolitan Crime Commission, the St Tammany D.A.'s office dropped the charges against the tenant. They paid him a settlement of around $40,000..

Sources say several former assistants in Reed's office have been subpoenaed to appear Tuesday before the grand jury.

At this point, it is unclear whether Reed is a target of the investigation.

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