Jury selection begins in first "Angola Five" trial

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Posted: Jul 6, 2010 6:42 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: lawyers, jurors, jury, question, first-degree murder, trial, Jeffrey Cameron Clark, Angola, inmates, security officer, Angola Five, Capt. David C. Knapps, Louisiana State Penitentiary

Lawyers begin questioning potential jurors today in the first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Cameron Clark, one of five Angola inmates accused in the slaying of a security officer more than 10 years ago.

The jurors will come from a pool of St. Tammany Parish residents, but the trial will be held in St. Francisville.

The state is seeking the death penalty in the case.

The so-called "Angola Five" defendants are accused in the Dec. 28, 1999, beating and stabbing death of Capt. David C. Knapps at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Judge Waldron told potential jurors last week that the trial could last for two weeks.

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