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Dean Hart, Jr. To Be Admitted Into Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

During a court hearing at the Ouachita Parish, a judge agreed to send Dean Hart, Jr. to a substance abuse facility before his next scheduled bond hearing.
The residence police say Hart, Jr. barricaded himself in on December 30, 2013. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
The residence police say Hart, Jr. barricaded himself in on December 30, 2013. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
MONROE -- During a court hearing at the Ouachita Parish, a judge agreed to send Dean Hart, Jr. to a substance abuse facility before his next scheduled bond hearing.

At 9 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Ouachita Parish Courthouse, Hart Jr. appeared before the judge in a bright orange jumpsuit, even smiling to family sitting nearby in the courtroom.

In that hearing, a judge agreed to send him to a substance abuse facility in South Louisiana before moving any further with the case. Hart's attorneys are Glen Petersen and his partner Mikey Davis, both coming in from Baton Rouge.

"He is still a prisoner," said Ouachita Parish District Attorney Neal Johnson.

On Tuesday, Petersen proposed to a judge that Hart be admitted to a substance abuse facility in Ethel, Louisiana near Baton Rouge.

"At least undergo some basic drug treatment, because of all the evidence that we've gathered at the crime scene, we believe that drugs were a part," said Johnson. "It at least gives us a chance to get a snapshot of his current mental status."

It was a move agreed upon by all sides in the case.

"It's encouraging that we do have an agreement because i think this is the plan of action that needs to take place," said Petersen.

Peterson said Hart will remain under watchful eye of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office and have electronic monitoring on him.

"That facility is not a lock down. If he flies out the coop, I want the sheriff to know about it," Ouachita Parish Judge Benjamin Jones said during the hearing.

Petersen said the unnamed treatment facility requires that Hart be admitted for at least 90 days.

"The facility has a pretty regimented program," he said. "I think our most important hope right now is that he has a successful stay in the facility."

After his time at the treatment facility, he will be transferred back to Ouachita Parish Correctional Center to await his next hearing.

"We didn't want to leave it open-ended, we wanted to have a set date with the realization that if he gets out for May 19th, then we're going to be in court on May 19 for the the judge to be able to determine, 'how did he do? Did he do what he was supposed to do? Did this treatment help? Where are we now?'" said Petersen. "We'll have to deal with the decision of the district attorney, whatever it may be."

Hart's next scheduled bond hearing is set for 9 a.m. on May 19, 2014 at the Ouachita Parish Courthouse.

"We'll come back at that time and still present our evidence that we feel like he is a danger to himself and the community," said Johnson.

His mother and brother attended the hearing Tuesday morning, but said they cannot speak to the media due to their involvement in the case.

Hart was arrested last Monday, December 30, after an hours-long standoff with Monroe police. Police said Hart had barricaded himself inside his home with multiple guns.

According to court papers, Hart held his wife at their home against her will that previous weekend. Police said she was able to escape the day before the standoff and went to a local hospital, leading police to pursue Hart.

Hart is facing seven charges, including false imprisonment, second degree battery, aggravated assault, second degree kidnapping, and forcible rape. 

According to court documents obtained by KTVE, Hart filed for divorce against his wife on January 2. They had married on September 16, 2013. Another court document shows that Hart filed a restraining order against his wife, also on January 2. A court official said the judge hasn't signed off on either of these papers yet.

Officials could not give details behind Hart filing the temporary restraining order.

During Tuesday's hearing, the judge ordered a protective order for Hart's wife and that Hart have no contact whatsoever with her. The judge said during the hearing that Hart's wife has moved out of the house.
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