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Death penalty off table in triple-homicide case

3 years 3 months 1 week ago July 11, 2013 Jul 11, 2013 Thursday, July 11 2013 July 11, 2013 8:01 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - A state prosecutor has dropped plans to seek the death penalty against a man accused in the 2011 shooting deaths of his former girlfriend and two other women because of his mental disability.

Assistant District Attorney Dana Cummings says doctors chosen by the defense and prosecution both concluded that Courtney Williams is mentally retarded.

Williams is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the killing of Clarissa Cobbing, Britney Lee and Josephine Lathers, who was Lee's grandmother. Another man was wounded during the shooting.

Clarissa Cobbing's mother says Williams deserves to be put to death for what he did, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bars the execution of mentally retarded persons.

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