US Supreme Court declines to hear 'Angola 5' appeal
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of David Brown, the "Angola 5" member who was sentenced to death for the killing of a prison guard during a 1999 escape attempt.
A state judge overturned the death sentence, but it was reinstated in February by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling Monday.
Defense advocates had hoped the case would prompt the high court to scold Louisiana for not adhering to a ruling requiring prosecutors to turn over to the defense all evidence favorable to a defendant.
Brown had joined a group of prisoners in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in the escape attempt, but claimed he wasn't there when Capt. David Knapps was killed inside a bathroom.