Mr. Dean A. Andrews, Junior, an assistant District Attorney in Jefferson Parish (a county near?
Dean Andrews talking to newsmen
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Background: Mr. Dean A. Andrews, Junior, an assistant District Attorney in Jefferson Parish (a county near New Orleans), was indicted for perjury in New Orleans Thursday night (16 March) in connection with the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The indictment was handed to a criminal judge by the Orleans Parish (county) grand jury that is conducting an investigation into the alleged plot. The grand justy probe parallels the court hearing now going on in New Orleans to determine if businessmen Clay Shaw is to be brought to trial for complicity in the asserted conspiracy.
Mr. Andrews who was suspended from his post as assistant District Attorney Thursday was a figure in the Warren Commission investigation into the assassination.
The Grand Jury did not say why it was indicting Mr. Andrews for perjury. Such an indictment means, however, that the grand jury feels that Mr. Andrews has liked to it during its investigation.
Mr. Andrews was questioned by agents of the Warren commission which investigated the Kennedy death and by agents of the FBI. Is statements then he said, then denied, and then said again that Lee Harvey Oswald and several Latin American homosexuals had been sent to his office by one "Clay Bertrand." A key part of the case against Clay Shaw is the assertion that he and Clay Bertrand are the same person. Agents for District Attorney James Garrison are known to have questioned Mr. Andrews repeatedly in an effort to show that Bertrand and Shaw are the same. Mr. Andrews has said that he does not know if the two are the same man.
Mr. Andrews had also told Warren Commission investigators that a "Clay Bertrand" had contacted him after the assassination and asked him to defend Lee Harvey Oswald, the man the Warren Commission said murdered President Kennedy.
Mr. Perry Russo, a Baton Rouge insurance salesman, has testified before a court hearing on Mr. Shaw that he know Mr. Shaw as Clem Bortrand.
Mr. Andrews was subpoenaed by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, who initiated both the grand jury probe and the court hearing. Also subpoenaed by Mr. Garrison was Mr. Gordon Novel, a local saloon owner who is reportedly a friend of Mr. Andrews.
Mr. Novel said before entering the grand jury room that Mr. Garrison wanted to question him about Mr. Sergio Aracha Smith, a former anti Castro Cuban exile leader who moved from New Orleans to Dallas in 1962.