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Sentencing in fiery crash that killed 5 delayed

2 years 7 months 5 days ago October 17, 2014 Oct 17, 2014 Friday, October 17 2014 October 17, 2014 7:09 AM in News

BATON ROUGE - An appeals court has halted sentencing of a man convicted of being drunk when he caused a fiery crash that killed five people on Interstate 10.

David Leger's attorney, Jim Boren, filed a motion at the start of Thursday's hearing to recuse state District Judge Trudy White from sentencing Leger on five counts of vehicular homicide.

Boren argued that the motion had to be randomly assigned to another judge for a hearing, but White refused and denied the motion outright, saying she had done nothing improper.

The state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal later in the day halted the sentencing hearing, saying the motion to recuse must be assigned to another judge for a hearing to determine whether White or some other judge will sentence Leger.

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