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DA subpoenas records from sheriff on Krentel death

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2020 | Views: 3121

DA subpoenas records from sheriff on Krentel death

From St. Tammany Parish sheriff Randy Smith

The Citizens of St. Tammany Parish and members of the media:

Yesterday I was served with the attached subpoena from Warren Montgomery’s office. As you can see, it calls for my office to produce records concerning our investigation of the death of Nanette Krentel which occurred on July 14, 2017. It also states that this subpoena is necessary ostensibly due to “material differences in the findings of the Coroner and Sheriff’s Office.” I am unaware of any differences in the findings between my agency and the Coroner’s office, so upon receipt of this subpoena, I called and spoke with Dr. Preston and apparently he too is unaware of any differences between our two agencies. Rest assured, we will comply with the subpoena and provide a complete copy of our investigative file to Mr. Montgomery’s office.

Let me take this occasion to provide an update on our investigation, my office has executed in excess of 65 (sixty five) search warrants in connection with this case, we have reviewed in excess of 45 (forty-five) hours of surveillance footage, we have conducted in excess of 80 (eighty) interviews, and we have asked for assistance from, and have worked with the following agencies: the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), United States Postal Inspection Service, the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, the Louisiana State Police-Special Investigative Unit/Technical Support Unit, all in an effort to solve this case.

I also retained the services of a retired U.S. Marshal, specifically to give my investigators a fresh perspective, in an effort to resolve this case. Finally, I must also add, that in addition to all of the above agencies, my investigators have also met with the District Attorney’s Office in order to update Mr. Montgomery’s staff on the status of our investigation. It was made very clear to his office that they may have access to any materials from our investigation. At no time has his office ever expressed any dissatisfaction with our investigation or even asked for any materials from our file.

Finally, in closing, as I have said for the past three years, we will continue to run down every lead no matter where it takes us, and we will never stop working to try and solve this case and bring closure to Mrs. Krentel’s family.

Randy Smith
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff

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