APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH
OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 16-2034, DIVISION
"K" HONORABLE ELLEN SHIRER KOVACH, JUDGE PRESIDING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE, STATE OF LOUISIANA Paul D.
Connick, Jr. Terry M. Boudreaux Anne M. Wallis Jennifer C.
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT, JULIUS C. MURRAY Jane L.
composed of Judges Jude G. Gravois, Hans J. Liljeberg, and
Marion F. Edwards, Judge Pro Tempore
J. LILJEBERG JUDGE.
appeals his convictions and sentences for two counts of
pandering. For the following reasons, we affirm
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
was charged by bill of information with two counts of
pandering, in violation of La. R.S. 14:84. He was arraigned
and pleaded not guilty. Defendant filed motions to suppress
the evidence, which were denied after a hearing. Thereafter,
defendant withdrew his not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty as
charged under State v. Crosby, 338 So.2d 584 (La.
1976). The trial judge sentenced him to imprisonment at hard
labor for four years on each count, to run consecutively.
defendant pleaded guilty, the underlying facts were not fully
developed at a trial. Nevertheless, the State alleged in the
bill of information that on or between March 31, 2016 and
June 7, 2016 (count one), and on or between March 11, 2016
and June 7, 2016 (count two), defendant, in Jefferson Parish,
violated La. R.S. 14:84 in that he did entice, place,
persuade, encourage, or cause the entrance of any person into
the practice of prostitution, either by force, threats,
promises, or by any other device or scheme, and/or maintain a
place where prostitution is habitually practiced, and/or
transport any person from one place to another for the
purpose of promoting the practice of prostitution. The State
later indicated that count one involved J.D. and count two
from the motion to suppress hearing and evidence in the
record reveals that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
("JPSO") was conducting an investigation into human
trafficking and prostitution, among other things. Detective
William Meetze of the JPSO vice crime squad testified that he
was working undercover and set up a "date" with a
certain female, J.D., at the Super 8 Motel in Metairie,
Louisiana. After meeting with her at the motel, Detective
Meetze arrested J.D. for prostitution. According to Detective
Meetze, he advised J.D. of her rights, and J.D. said she
understood her rights and wanted to make a statement. J.D.,
who had visible injuries to her facial area, arm, and ear,
told the detective that she had suffered violence at the
hands of defendant, that defendant had been her
"pimp" for about four years, and that he forced her
into prostitution. After J.D. positively identified defendant
in a photographic lineup, officers located defendant at the
Sleep Inn Hotel and arrested him.
sole assignment of error on appeal, defendant argues that the
trial judge erred by denying his motion to suppress evidence.
He contends that the officer erroneously arrested him and
searched his hotel room without a warrant. Defendant asserts
that he gave no consent to search the room, and there were no
exigent circumstances such as destruction of evidence to
justify the warrantless search of these items. Defendant
maintains that even though the electronic items were in plain
view, they were not clearly contraband.
further maintains that the search warrants issued for the
electronic items seized were defective. He claims that in the
sworn affidavit, the officer omitted key items of material
fact designed to mislead the commissioner in order to justify
a search of the improperly seized electronic items. Defendant
argues that the officer omitted important facts from the
application, including that J.D. had a lengthy criminal
history of prostitution and that the Super 8 motel room had
not been rented to defendant but was rented to a Hispanic
male the day before the police arrested defendant.
hearing on the motion to suppress evidence on March 24, 2017,
Detective Meetze and Sergeant Keith Locascio of the JPSO
testified. During their testimony, four applications for
search and seizure warrants were admitted into evidence. Each
application contains the same narrative of the events in this
matter as follows: 
On Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 members of the
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Vice Squad were
conducting an investigation into the illegal escort services
providing prostitution on the Eastbank of Jefferson Parish.
Detective William Meetze searched the internet websites that
are popular for prostitution advertisements. Detective Meetze
located an escort/prostitute from the Backpage.com website.
Members of the Vice Squad are familiar with this website as
they have utilized this website and conducted numerous
investigations into illegal prostitution in the past.
Detective Meetze utilized the phone number in the
advertisement (251-263-xxxx) and while in an undercover
capacity, called the phone number. Detective Meetze spoke
with a female subject, who identified herself as
"Sophia", and requested an incall (a service where
the customer/client goes to the escort/prostitute).
"Sophia" advised Detective Meetze to proceed to the
Super 8 Motel, located at 2421 Clearview Parkway in Metairie
and to call her back once he arrived.
Upon arrival, Detective Meetze re-established contact with
"Sophia" via the phone number in the advertisement.
Upon making contact with "Sophia", she advised
Detective Meetze to come to room 224.
Detective Meetze arrived at room 224 and was met by a white
female who introduced herself as "Sophia" and
invited him in. Upon seeing "Sophia", Detective
Meetze immediately noticed "Sophia" to have several
bruises to her right eye/facial area and her chin. Detective
Meetze also noticed that "Sophia" caked makeup on
these areas in an attempt to conceal the bruises. Once inside
room 224, "Sophia" solicited Detective Meetze for
sexual intercourse in exchange for $120.00 in U.S. Currency.
After giving the code alerting cover detectives that a crime
had been committed, detectives placed "Sophia"
under arrest, advised her of her rights, and identified her
as J.D., W/F 11/09/1995. Detectives checked the hotel room
and located a white colored Apple iPhone phone, Model A1453,
Serial Number F2LRC1E3FFDN, Phone Number (504) 777-xxxx, on
the nightstand. J.D. freely advised that the Samsung flip
phone is the cell phone that she uses to make all her dates
with, including the date made with Detective Meetze. J.D.
also advised that the phone number that Detective Meetze
called is through a phone application known as
J.D. indicated that she wished to cooperate with detectives
and advised that she was brought to the New Orleans area by
her pimp. J.D. then identified her pimp as Julius Murray, B/M
8/11/1981, and advised that he forces her to conduct
prostitution dates which he receives all of the proceeds from
the dates. J.D. stated that she was tired of being beaten by
Murray and displayed additional bruises to her arms, behind
her left ear, and in her left ear. J.D. relayed that she met
Murray approximately four years ago when he recruited her for
prostitution. J.D. explained that Murray promised her lots of
money and material things and allowed her to keep most of the
money made in the beginning but that things changed shortly
thereafter. J.D. said that she was then forced into
prostitution and that Murray was never content with her,
which would result in Murray being violent with her by
physically abusing her and threatening her while displaying a
handgun at times.
J.D. advised that she and Murray came to New Orleans and on
March 31st, 2016 Murray rented a room at the Sleep
Inn and Suites, located at 4601 N I10 Service Road in
Metairie. J.D. advised that Murray posted advertisements on
Backpage.com in the escort section. Once a client would call,
Murray would direct her on how to fix her hair and what to
wear. J.D. said that if a white guy would arrive driving a
nice car, she would be required to get as much money from him
as possible, by raising the price of the date or asking for a
tip. J.D. advised that she had several dates while at the
Sleep Inn and ...