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Speedier trials sought for 5 Angola inmates

4 years ago July 30, 2010 Jul 30, 2010 Friday, July 30 2010 Friday, July 30, 2010 5:06:01 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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