3 arrested for fabricating testimony in domestic disturbance case
Published 3:36 pm Thursday, January 14, 2016
LAPLACE — Local authorities arrested three people this week, accusing them of conspiring to fabricate courtroom testimony and free a suspect charged in a domestic disturbance investigation.
The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office announced Brian Miller, Marissa Fritts and Brandy Gil were arrested Tuesday — Millers for conspiracy to commit perjury, Fritts for perjury and Gil for perjury.
Sheriff Mike Tregre said the case began when deputies responded to a domestic disturbance complaint in August that resulted in Miller’s arrest for second-degree battery.
“In a September court proceeding regarding the August arrest of Miller, the testimonies of the victim and a witness differed than their statements made to the investigating deputy at the time of the incident,” Tregre said. “Deputies initiated an investigation for perjury. The investigation revealed that while in jail, Brian Miller conspired with the victim, Brandy Gil, 26, and the witness, Marissa Fritts, 21, to try to get his second-degree battery charge dropped to get him out of jail.”
Through numerous phone calls, Tregre said Miller directed Gil and Fritts to fabricate statements prior to any court proceedings.
“However, with a court date at hand and a plan in place, Gil and Fritts perjured themselves in open court during their testimony regarding the domestic disturbance incident that occurred in August,” Tregre said.