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Deputy Sheriff James Lee Clarius | Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff

James Lee Clarius

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Saturday, October 5, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Deputy Clarius was killed while involved in a struggle with an armed robbery suspect. During the struggle the suspect was able to gain control of his service weapon and shot him four times.

Deputy Clarius was found in the street by a resident approximately ten minutes after the incident. The suspect turned himself in three days later. He was convicted of first degree murder on April 27, 1999, and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Clarius had served with the agency for 9 years. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.

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Today, something reminded me of the horrible trial. I searched your name (a name I'll never forget), found this page, and tearfully read through the loving tributes left by your family and friends. When I reported for jury duty that day, I never imagined I would be picked to serve on a jury that was sequestered for nine days. Being put in that position, to literally decide the fate of the defendant, I prayed and cried every night in the hotel room that the events would be made clear to us, through the attorneys, witnesses and evidence. It weighed heavily on my heart, seeing your family suffer during testimony, and shenanigans displayed by the defendant's family....but i refused to let emotion sway me. When we came back CONFIDENTLY with the guilty verdict, the defendant's family exploded, causing chaos in the courtroom. It was truly a scary moment. We knew we served justice that day, though we all carried heavy hearts that evening at the hotel. Disappointingly, the next day, we were not able to serve the death penalty in this case (just know..every female juror voted for it!). I realize it is now 17 years since the trial, but I still think of you and your family often, as this trial had a great impact on my life. Nearly every day I drive down W. Esplanade, passing Paige Dr. Often, if I'm stopped at the light at Vets and Causeway, I'll glance at the memorial and think of the loved ones you left behind. I pray they are doing well.

May 12, 2016


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