The Ambeau Law Firm In The Media
January 7, 2023 - Police pursuits in Baton Rouge killed 4 last year. Families say policy change is overdue.
At least three times last year, Baton Rouge police officers initiated high-speed vehicle pursuits that would end in massive wrecks, leaving a total of four people dead — three of them bystanders. Read the full article here.
November 15, 2022 - Jarrett Ambeau (’08) discusses his uncommon journey to becoming a criminal defense attorney and starring in a Netflix docuseries
Jarrett Ambeau was working at a food show in the late summer of 1999 when another vendor's offhand comment during an otherwise uneventful day on the job completely changed the course of the 29-year-old's life and career.
“There was a professional acquaintance of ours there who owned small distribution business, and the guy I was working with said, ‘That guy has more money in his pocket than you or I will ever have,'” Ambeau recalled. “That woke me up—it was like a two-by-four hit me in the face. I didn't want to be constrained in that way for the rest of my life. I had always wanted to be an attorney. So, I excused myself from work, got in my car, drove straight to LSU, and enrolled as a freshman with the sole intent of finishing my undergraduate degree, going to LSU Law, and becoming an attorney.”
August 15, 2022 - Where Is Jarrett Ambeau From ‘I Just Killed My Dad’ Now? Anthony Templet's Lawyer, Negligent Homicide Charge
In case you need a brief summary, the three-part docuseries details the events that led up to the fatal shooting incident that left Anthony's father dead, as well as the aftermath in court. In the doc, Anthony talks to the filmmakers about his experience, and viewers learn that he was represented in court by defense lawyer Jarrett Ambeau.
Ambeau has since spoken publicly about the experience and even provided updates on Anthony's life.
But who is Jarrett Ambeau again, and where is he now? Here's what you need to know.
July 28, 2022 - Nakamoto: Father at center of high-profile rape paternity case loses custody of teenage daughter
A man who impregnated a 16-year-old girl over 15 years ago will no longer have custody of the child who was born as a result of that crime after a series of reports from the WBRZ Investigative Unit exposing the case.
The story first reported by Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto garnered international attention after it revealed Crysta Abelseth was ordered to pay child support to John Barnes, the father of her now 16-year-old daughter.
June 21, 2022 - Teen Born of Statutory Rape Removed From Biological Dad
A Louisiana judge has temporarily reversed his decision to grant John Barnes full custody of his 16-year-old daughter, according to a WBRZ investigative report. Crysta Abelseth, the teenager's mom, and Jarrett Ambeau, an expert in forensic DNA and family law, respond to the latest development of the case on NewsNation's "Banfield."
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June 21, 2022 - Judge Temporarily Revokes Custody in Rape Paternity Case After Nakamoto Report; Trial Set For Next Month
Crysta Abelseth said things began happening fast after she went public with the story, and attorney Jarrett Ambeau agreed to represent her pro bono after seeing a WBRZ report.
"People should be held accountable," Ambeau said Tuesday after leaving Tangipahoa Parish courthouse. "The system failed everyone here. The system, when that happens, should be held accountable, and we plan to do that."
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June 16, 2022 - Rape Case Court Documents Ordered Unsealed
Court documents in a case where a judge ordered a rape victim to pay child support to her abuser have been unsealed, according to a WBRZ Investigative Unit report. WBRZ-TV reporter Chris Nakamoto, one of the original investigative reporters who broke the story, and expert in forensic DNA and family law Jarrett Ambeau weigh in on NewsNation's "Banfield."
Video courtesy of NewsNation YouTube Channel: Watch Here!
June 15, 2022 - Did Rapist Really Get Custody of Victim's Child?
April 23, 2021 - Alleged Baton Rouge serial killer's lawyer calls DNA analysis 'a science experiment'
An attorney for alleged serial killer Kenneth Gleason on Friday challenged DNA results that prosecutors say linked him to the 2017 slaying of a Black homeless man at a Baton Rouge bus stop.
Lawyer Jarrett Ambeau said during Gleason's first-degree murder trial that only a trace amount of touch DNA was found on shell casings recovered from the scene of Bruce Cofield's killing.
October 20, 2020 - Prosecutors, lawyer for Baton Rouge teen who killed father, seek resolution without a trial
A prosecutor and an attorney for a young man accused of killing his father during an argument in their Shenandoah home last year said Tuesday they're working to resolve the case without a trial.
Anthony Templet, who was 17 when he allegedly shot Burt Templet to death in June 2019, is charged with second-degree murder and could face a sentence of life in prison if convicted on that charge.
Former Marksville deputy marshal Norris Greenhouse, Jr. is now mostly a free man, less than two years after being sentenced for his role in the 2015 shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis.
“I think people are upset by that because there's a young person and the young person is dead,” said Attorney Jarrett Ambeau.
Despite the deadly circumstances, Greenhouse took a plea deal back in October 2017 for negligent homicide and malfeasance in office. Under Louisiana law, both are considered non-violent crimes. While Greenhouse may no longer be in prison, Ambeau, who is not affiliated with the case, says he still faces lasting consequences.
"He's going to be monitored and made sure not to do things. He's lost his ability to be an officer and his career and all these things and so it isn't as if he's walking out of the jail Scott free now. He still obviously has some very strong consequences to face over the coming years and probably the rest of his life now," said Ambeau.
June 25, 2019 - Baton Rouge teen accused of killing father was isolated, abused for years, attorney says
An attorney for the 17-year-old arrested in his father's slaying earlier this month claims there is an extensive history of child abuse that could impact the case's outcome.
Attorney Jarrett Ambeau said Anthony Templet's father, Burt Templet, had for years isolated the boy from other family members, did not allow him to attend school and often physically abused him.
February 17, 2019 - Louisiana's 'stand your ground' law used to successfully defend Ascension teen in murder trial
Defense attorney Jarrett Ambeau showed Ascension Parish jurors a disturbing photograph of a dying Todd "T.J." Toups Jr. during last week's closing arguments in the murder trial of Toups' admitted killer, Jacob Westbrook.
Toups lay unconscious, appearing ashen and lifeless, with his sleeves rolled up, his black top-shirt unbuttoned. Westbrook was shown in the photograph cradling Toups' head and applying pressure on his upper chest just minutes after their deadly encounter more than three years ago.
Ambeau's use of the potent image was one of the more emotional moments in Westbrook's second-degree murder trial, and it underscored his successful defense of Westbrook under Louisiana's "stand your ground" law.