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Man convicted in 1989 quadruple murder wants new trial

5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 May 03, 2016 8:19 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - One of two men serving life prison terms in the 1989 drug-related slaying of four people inside a Zachary mobile home is asking a federal judge to reverse his second-degree murder convictions.

47-year-old Freddie King Jr. claims the performance of his court-appointed trial attorneys was constitutionally deficient - an allegation each of his former lawyers disputed Monday.

Mike Walsh told The Advocate he and his co-counsel were successful in persuading prosecutors to drop the death-penalty part of the case.

King alleges in his federal court petition that his attorneys failed to independently investigate the facts of the case; failed to effectively cross-examine two witnesses; and stated during jury selection and in opening trial statements that King was at the trailer and shot two of the four victims who died.

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