Speedier trials sought for 5 Angola inmates
Prosecutors have filed a motion to set a faster pace for trials of the five Angola inmates accused of
killing a security officer more than 10 years ago.
The motion seeks a Nov. 1 trial for Robert G. Carley in the Dec. 28, 1999, stabbing and beating death of Capt. David C. Knapps.
Retired Orleans Parish Judge Dennis Waldron has said the earliest a trial can be set is in January.
Waldron declared a mistrial July 15 in the first scheduled trial of the so-called Angola 5 after prosecutor Tommy Block told jurors that defendant Jeffrey Cameron Clark wanted "another life sentence" rather than the death penalty.
Clark is serving a life sentence for a 1984 killing in Baton Rouge.