The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to revoke 36-year-old Brandon Francisco’s bond and a motion to order a status conference in a December 24, 2018 case that’s awaiting trial. Francisco is also a person of interest in the disappearance of Ella Goodie, a contract driver from Scott.
Goodie was reported as last being seen with Francisco on March 9 – the day he was supposed to be in court in Rapides Parish.
In the December 24, 2018 case, Francisco, was char’ged with atte’mpted sec’ond-deg’ree mur’der, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, obstruction of justice, and consp’iracy to com’mit second-deg’ree mur’der. In that case, Francisco and another Mansura man were acc’used in a sho’oting in the Cheneyville area that crit’ically wou’nded a man.
Francisco was sent back to Louisiana and booked into the Rapides Parish jail on Wednesday night after fleeing to St. Joseph, Missouri. Francisco’s trial for the char’ges in Rap’ides Parish was supposed to take place on Feb. 7, 2022, but he fai’led to appear and a bench warr’ant was iss’ued. Francisco’s defense att’orney, Tiffany Sanders, told the court that Francisco was self quara’ntining, for reportedly being exposed to COVID-19, although he had tes’ted negative.
Attem’pts were made to locate Francisco in an effort to schedule the trial for the following day, Feb. 8, 2022. But, when Francisco couldn’t be located, Judge Greg Beard issued a bench warr’ant.
In the motion filed on Thursday to revoke Francisco’s bond, Assistant District Att’orney Johnny Giordano writes that on Feb. 11, 2022, the district att’orney’s office and Sanders received an email from Judge Beard’s office stating that if Francisco showed up for court on Feb. 16, 2022, then Judge Beard would recall the bench warr’ant and reset the matter for trial.
On Feb. 15, 2022, the day before Francisco was set to appear, Giordano filed a motion to rev’oke Francisco’s bond, based on the fact that Francisco could have appeared for the trial that was moved to Feb. 8, 2022. The State believed that Francisco’s “absence was a deliberately executed scheme to avoid and/or delay trial.”
On Feb. 16, 2022, Francisco appeared in court with his att’orney. Giordano writes in his motion, “Over the vehement objection of the State […], the Court recalled the bench warr’ant issued on Feb. 7, 2022. Instead of rev’oking the defendant’s bond and remanding the defen’dant to ja’il, the Court set the State’s motion to rev’oke the defendant’s bond for a hearing on March 9, 2022.”
Francisco never appeared on March 9. A bench warr’ant was issued again, and it was ordered that Francisco be held without bond upon his arr’est.
Around March 17, 2022, the Rap’ides Parish District Att’orney’s Office was informed by the U.S. Marshals that Francisco has been named a person-of-interest in the disappearance of Ella Goodie. Again, Goodie was reported as last being seen with Francisco on March 9 – the day he was supposed to be in court in Ra’pides Parish.
Family members shared that Goodie was giving Francisco a ride to Houston.
On March 25, 2022, Francisco was apprehended in St. Joseph, Missouri by the U.S. Marshals. Goodie’s car was also later fou’nd in Mis’souri.
On Tuesday, Francisco waived an extra’dition hea’ring. Louisiana State Police, who are now inves’tigating Goodie’s ca’se, transported him back to Louisiana on the Rapides Parish warr’ant on Wednesday, where he was booked into the parish ja’il shortly after 8 p.m.
In addition to being a “significant flight risk,” the district attorney’s office also calls Francisco “an habitual offender.” In the motion, the office lists other offenses:
On Sept. 23, 2003, Francisco was conv’icted for the offense of ill’egal possession of a sto’len firearm in Avoyelles Parish.
On May 14, 2008, Francisco was convicted for the offense of carnal knowledge and attem’pted sec’ond-deg’ree mur’der in Avoyelles Parish.
The motion also states that when Francisco was appr’ehended in Mis’souri, “he was also arre’sted by the Buchanan Cou’nty Drug Strike Force, St. Joseph, Missouri, for the offense of unlawful pos’session of a firearm.” To date, Goodie has not been found.
Based on the reasons listed in the motion, the district att’orney’s office wants all outstanding bonds rev’oked and Francisco should be remanded without bond pending trial. The district attorney’s office is also requesting a status hearing to set a new trial date. A hearing date has not been set.
The case involving Goodie is still under investigation.