Man guilty in triple murder shooting

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Posted: Feb 27, 2014 11:28 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Feb 28, 2014 6:30 AM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- A jury convicted a man Thursday night of killing three people more than two years ago.

Courtney Williams was found guilty of killing his ex, Clarissa Cobbing, and Britney Lee along with Josephine Lathers, Lee's grandmother on Progress Street. Another man was wounded during the shooting.

Last year, prosecutors dropped plans to seek the death penalty because doctors chosen by the defense and prosecution both concluded that Williams is mentally retarded. Then, Cobbing's mother said Williams deserved to be put to death for what he did, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bars the execution of mentally retarded persons.

After the triple murder, WBRZ uncovered Williams likely should not have been on the streets when he committed the crime. Three days before he shot the four people, authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on kidnapping charges. Police said they had been looking for him when the shooting happened. He turned himself in a day after the shooting.
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