Court: No evidence heart attack caused by burglar
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled there's no evidence to support prosecutors' arguments that an 86-year-old Lafayette woman's heart attack was caused when she found a man in her home.
The Supreme Court upheld this week a lower court's decision to overturn the conviction of Willie James Robertson.
The Supreme Court says prosecutors did not present medical or forensic testimony to explain how Willie James Robertson may have caused Irene Schoofs to suffer cardiac arrest and die.
Prosecutors argued a burglar literally scared the elderly Lafayette woman to death in 1999 when she returned home and found him inside.
In 2013, Robinson was sentenced to the maximum sentence for manslaughter, 40 years.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal threw out the conviction in 2014.
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