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Prosecutors to seek death penalty in July killing

2 years ago January 04, 2013 Jan 4, 2013 Friday, January 04 2013 Friday, January 04, 2013 6:32:46 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against a 28-year-old man charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend and the wounding of her 11-year-old niece.

Devon Livous is accused of killing the 28-year-old woman and shooting her niece in the leg on the evening of July 25.

Prosecutors have filed a formal notice of their intent to seek the death penalty.

State District Judge Lou Daniel has appointed the local Public Defender's Office to represent Livous.

Mike Mitchell, director of the office, said Thursday his office is short on staff attorneys certified to handle capital murder cases and lacks money to contract with outside attorneys.

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