Posted: Jul 19, 2010 5:44 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jul 19, 2010 6:57 PM
The costs to try the Angola 5 continue to rise. The trial for the first inmate, Jeffrey Cameron Clark, ended with a mistrial after a mistake by prosecutors during opening arguments. The group of inmates is accused of killing Captain David Knapps during an escape attempt in December of 1999. Prosecutors want the death penalty for the inmates who are all currently serving unrelated, life sentences.
Court officials say the court costs for all five inmates are more than $3 million dollars. That total was before Clark's trial began. West Feliciana Parish District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla recused himself from the case because he represented one of the inmates before taking office. He also asked the Louisiana Department of Corrections to cover the costs because the parish could not afford it. D'Aquilla says it's important for the DOC to send a message to other inmates about what could happen if they attack a prison employee.