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Trial in prison guard's beating death begins

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Posted: May 7, 2011 11:21 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: trial, prison, guard, beating, death, Angola, five

COVINGTON, La.- The trial of a state prison inmate charged with killing a guard 11 years ago probably will take at least two weeks.

The Advocate reports that's what attorneys told potential jurors for the trial of 50-year-old Jeffrey Cameron Clark - one of five Louisiana State Penitentiary inmates accused of beating 49-year-old Capt. David Knaps to death Dec. 28, 1999.

Because many West Feliciana Parish residents have family or personal ties to the prison, a jury of St. Tammany Parish residents will hear it. A jury of seven men and five women was chosen Friday.

Retired Orleans Parish District Judge Jerome Winsberg said opening statements would be Saturday in St. Francisville, with testimony starting Sunday.

Although Clark is acting as his own attorney, court-appointed attorney Tommy Damico questioned potential jurors.

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