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New trial sought for cop killer

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago September 02, 2013 Sep 2, 2013 Monday, September 02 2013 September 02, 2013 2:24 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - A man sentenced to death for killing a Baton Rouge police officer in 2004 is seeking a new trial.

Shedran Williams' attorney, Gary Clements, argued in a court filing last week that his 42-year-old client is mentally disabled.

Clements also claimed Williams' conviction was tainted by shoddy work by his trial attorneys and racial bias during the jury selection process.

State District Judge Mike Erwin has given prosecutors until mid-January to respond to Clements' arguments.

Williams was convicted of fatally shooting Lt. Vickie Wax with her own firearm while she was working a security detail at the former Wal-Mart on Perkins Rd.

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