Posted: Jan 23, 2012 5:24 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Jan 23, 2012 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Accused murderer Trucko Stampley used slang to address a District Court judge and potential jurors on the first day of his murder trial today.
Before jurors could even enter the courtroom, Judge Bonnie Jackson said, "Good Morning, Mr. Stampley." He responded,"What up?"
Judge Bonnie Jackson said, "What up to you too."
Stampley is charged with four counts of first degree murder after Marie and Denise Pedescleaux were found shot in their home almost five years ago in their Glen Oaks home. Two days later, Charles and Ann Colvin were found murdered in their Goodwood Estates home.
Stampley is facing a mandatory life sentence if convicted. Judge Lou Daniel was supposed to hear the case, however, he recused himself after reportedly receiving a death threat from Stampley.
As potential jurors were brought in, it was hard to find people who hadn't heard about the case.
Judge Jackson asked Stampley if he wanted to address the potential jurors.
He looked at them and said, "Yo."
The comment made some potential jurors laugh.
Stampley is being represented by Daryl Gold of the Capital Assistance Project in Shreveport. A motion on a change of venue will be heard if an impartial jury can't be seated.
District Attorney Hillar Moore believes a jury will be found.
"The bottom line is can they set aside whatever they saw and heard and render an impartial and fair verdict," Moore said. "I believe in this case we can do that in Baton Rouge."