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Witnesses may have lied under oath in Jonesboro

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JONESBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Two witnesses in a Jonesboro simple battery trial, may have lied under oath.

In a video of an August 2012 Jonesboro City Council meeting, Willie Joseph can be seen exiting the room when the meeting ended. It's what happened right outside the room, that made it to court - a physical altercation between Joseph and D.J. Allen.

After a bench trial, Joseph was charged with simple battery, but it's the testimonies of two others that are now in question.

While on the stand, Janice Simmons said she and Joseph "walked out together." In the video, as Judge Jimmy teat cited in his ruling, Simmons can be seen "still sitting in the chair in the meeting room."

Franciscus Jackson testified that when the meeting ended, he was "in the hallway, by the water fountain." Again, Judge Teat points out that Jackson can be seen "in the bottom right corner which indicates that he had not left the meeting room."

In his official ruling in the Joseph trial, Judge Jimmy Teat, pointed out the discrepancies saying after reviewing the testimonies of "Janice Simmons and Franciscus Jackson, it is clear that nothing they testified to is corroborated either the video and/or the cd."

A source connected to the District Attorney's office says the matter is under investigation. Janice Simmons called KNOE today regarding this story, but refused to give us an official statement.

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