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Not guilty verdict in LSU double murder trial

3 years 2 weeks 3 days ago October 08, 2013 Oct 8, 2013 Tuesday, October 08 2013 October 08, 2013 9:37 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Zach Correa & Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- A jury found two men not guilty of killing two international students at LSU in 2007.

The jury decided Casey Gathers and Michael Lewis were not guilty in the deaths of Kiran Allam and Chadrasekhar Komma. They were shot and killed during a robbery at the Edward Gay apartments, just off Highland Road.

Devin Parker, the prosecution's star witness, testified last week to being under the influence the day of the crime, and said he'd forgotten several details about the crime scene.

Parker had provided three separate statements to the police over the course of the investigation, all of which had contradicting details.

Two years ago, Parker pleaded guilty to armed robbery and accessory to murder charges for a lighter sentence.  In exchange, he agreed to testify against Gathers and Lewis.

"I want to say that justice was succesful," said Beau Brock, Gathers' attorney.  "Casey's had to live in jail now since 2011 when the D.A.'s office indicted him.  And now, he's free.  He's going home tonight."

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said he wishes the case would have been different.

"I wish we could've had some DNA, some more statements, a video tape of the entire thing which is just not there," said Moore.  "We presented every piece of the evidence we had, and it just wasn't enough."

News 2 will have more from the DA's office about what happened in this case tonight.

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