BELLE CHASSE, La. -- A judge has denied a bond request from a former Plaquemines Parish pastor who wanted to be released from prison so that he could secure funding to pay back his legal fees.
Judge Joy Lobrano denied Martin Denesse's request at a bond hearing Monday. Denesse, the former pastor of Grace Harbor Ministries, wanted to be released for the 90 days before his sentencing so that he could sell his assets, said Plaquemines Parish District Attorney Charles Ballay.
Ballay said Lobrano felt Denesse could secure the funding while stil in custody.
Police arrested Denesse and his daughter in January, when they found crack cocaine and several pounds of marijuana in his car. Denesse pleaded guilty to drug charges earlier this month.
Denesse is also under fire after failing to deliver FEMA trailers for more than 175 people who had paid him $2,200 payments, as they believed they were paying for insurance for the free trailers. Grace Harbor Ministries officials said the money allocated for the trailers is now gone.