Defense asks new trial in police officer's killing

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Posted: Feb 16, 2014 12:44 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2014 8:40 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Lt. Vickie Wax, officer killed, BRPD, murder trial

BATON ROUGE, La. - Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny a new trial for a man sentenced to death for killing a Baton Rouge police officer in 2004.

In court documents fired Friday, prosecutors say there's a "Mount Kilimanjaro of evidence" against 43-year-old Shedran Williams.

Defense attorney Gary Clements argued in a court filing last fall that Williams is mentally disabled.

He was convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting Lt. Vickie Wax with her own firearm while she was working off-duty as a guard at a Wal-Mart in Baton Rouge.

Prosecutors say the Louisiana Supreme Court rejected Williams' mental retardation claim when the justices affirmed his conviction and death sentence in 2009. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the case in 2010.

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