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Count upholds manslaughter conviction

2 years ago November 07, 2012 Nov 7, 2012 Wednesday, November 07 2012 Wednesday, November 07, 2012 7:47:53 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- An appellate court has affirmed a Baker man's manslaughter conviction and 40-year prison sentence in the brutal stabbing death of his wife, lawyer Chiquita Tate, in her downtown Baton Rouge office.

A three-judge panel of the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, however, said it found evidences that "would prove beyond a reasonable doubt ... all of the elements of second-degree murder."

East Baton Rouge Parish First Assistant District Attorney Prem Burns said Tuesday she felt the conviction should have been second-degree murder.

Greg Harris' appellate attorney said the appeals court's decision was disappointing and vowed to keep fighting.

A jury found Harris guilty of manslaughter in the Feb. 20, 2009, slaying of Tate. She was stabbed 43 times.

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