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Jury convicts Angola inmate in guards 1999 death

4 years ago October 27, 2011 Oct 27, 2011 Thursday, October 27 2011 Thursday, October 27, 2011 1:48:04 PM CDT in News
Source: The Advocate
By: Romni DiJohn

ST. FRANCISVILLE- A jury has convicted Angola inmate David Brown, 38, of first degree murder Thursday in the beating and stabbing death of Louisiana State Penitentiary security Capt. David C. Knapps in 1999.

The jury deliberated for a little over an hour in a West Feliciana Parish courtroom before they reached a verdict.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a 1992 murder in Jefferson Parish.

Testimony is expected Friday in the penalty phase of Brown's trial as the jury decides whether to give him the death penalty.

Knapps, 49, was killed during an armed uprising by at least six Angola inmates who wanted to escape.

Inmate Joel Durham was shot to death when prison officers rescued two other hostages, and a West Feliciana Parish grand jury indicted Brown and four other inmates for first-degree murder.

Inmate Jeffrey Cameron Clark was sentenced to die after being found guilty of first-degree murder in May. Another jury convicted Robert G. Carley of first-degree murder, but jurors were unable to unanimously agree on a sentence. Winsberg then sentenced Carley to another life sentence.

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