Lafayette native Keith Stutes is a proven and trusted leader, with 37 years of dedicated service to the people of Acadiana.  

A highly regarded prosecutor, Keith is uniquely
qualified to serve Acadia, Lafayette & Vermilion Parishes as District Attorney.

Keith Stutes served as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) for 28 years. He worked as Chief Felony Drug Prosecutor for 8 years, from 1986 to 1994. Keith served as Chief of Felony Section II, for 17 years, from 1995, until he retired in September 2012. Keith was Lead Prosecutor in over 100 Felony Jury Trials and 32 murder trials, of which 6 were Capital First Degree Murder Trials.  He has served as Lead Prosecutor for most major Felony Prosecutions in the 15th JDC in the last 20 years.

Keith worked as a Special Assistant US Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana,  while “cross-designated”, from 1990 to 1992.  He also served as Court Magistrate for the Mayor’s Court in the City of Scott for 12 years, from 1983 to 1995.

Keith works as a law enforcement and criminology instructor.  He served as an instructor at the Acadiana Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Corrections Officers Training Academy until his retirement.  Keith is an Adjunct Professor teaching “Introduction to Criminal Justice” at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Keith has served as a guest instructor, lecturer or keynote speaker for legal and law enforcement 
professionals on numerous occasions.  

Keith is a member of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association since 1984. He served as President of the Assistant District Attorneys Section in 1993-94 and on the Board of Directors from 1993 to 1995.

Keith was admitted to the Bar of the State of Louisiana in 1976.  He is admitted to the Bar of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Keith is a 1970 graduate of Acadiana High School.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1973. Keith earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Louisiana State University Law School in 1976.

Keith and his wife Carolyn (Prejean) live in Lafayette.  

They have two married daughters, Aimee and Erin, and three granddaughters.  

Carolyn and Keith are parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Scott, Louisiana.