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  • Man seeking new trial in 1971 rape claims state hid evidence

    January 17, 2017 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana man serving a life sentence for the rape of a nurse in 1971 claims authorities concealed evidence that the crime was committed by another man linked to two similar attacks. Innocence Project New Orleans attorneys on Tuesday asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to review Wilbert... more »
  • New Roads Mayor back in court next month

    January 11, 2017 12:23 PM

    NEW ROADS – A motion hearing was held Wednesday regarding New Roads Mayor Robert Myer who is accused of charging thousands of dollars for personal purchases on a city credit card. Prosecutor Tony Clayton and Myer's defense attorney, Steven Moore, went back and forth Wednesday as Judge James Best... more »
  • Cosby, a year later: Will he seek deal or prepare for trial?

    December 30, 2016 9:15 AM

    NORRISTOWN - Bill Cosby is starting 2017 in a legal dragnet that has only tightened around him since his stunning arrest a year ago. Cosby was charged with aggravated sexual assault on Dec. 30, 2015, just days before the 12-year statute of limitations would have run out over a 2004... more »
  • Deliberations near in trial of ex-Saints star's killer

    December 11, 2016 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Saints star Will Smith was "executed" by an irate driver as Smith's wounded wife lay nearby during the chaos that followed an April 9 traffic accident, a prosecutor told a New Orleans jury Sunday during closing arguments in the shooter's trial. But a defense attorney said... more »
  • Closing arguments Sunday in Will Smith shooting

    December 10, 2016 5:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The defense has rested in the Will Smith shooting death case and the judge has set closing arguments for Sunday. On trial in New Orleans is Cardell Hayes, charged with second-degree murder in Smith's April 9 death. Hayes told the jury Saturday he fired only after Smith... more »
  • Expert: Appears crash in Will Smith case that preceded gunshots was intentional

    December 9, 2016 4:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A car crash expert has told a jury in New Orleans he believes a driver intentionally crashed his Hummer into the vehicle driven by ex-football star Will Smith on the night of April 9. That crash led to a heated argument and gunfire that killed Smith that... more »
  • Prosecutors to play confession in church shooting trial

    December 9, 2016 12:27 PM

    CHARLESTON - Prosecutors in South Carolina say they plan to play Dylann Roof's recorded confession during his federal death penalty trial in the Charleston church shootings. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson says he plans to play the confession for jurors Friday as the trial enters a third day. Roof is... more »
  • Witness, prosecutor clash over who was aggressor in Will Smith trial

    December 8, 2016 12:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Anger and anguish are evident in a New Orleans courtroom as a friend of the man who killed former Saints star Will Smith continues his testimony. Kevin O'Neal repeatedly said Thursday that Smith and at least two others charged at him and Cardell Hayes when they exited... more »
  • Jury picked in Dylann Roof-church slayings trial

    December 7, 2016 11:35 AM

    CHARLESTON - The 12 jurors who will hear the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof have been picked and will decide whether the white man killed nine black people in racially motivated attack at a Charleston church. Jury selection took about 20 minutes Wednesday. According to a reporter who observed... more »
  • 'I hear shots fired. I see Will's body jolt'

    December 7, 2016 10:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A witness to the April killing of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith says she saw Cardell Hayes repeatedly shoot her friend and then look down without remorse at Smith's lifeless body. Rebecca Dooley says she saw Smith's body "jolt" when Hayes shot him following a... more »
  • Prosecutors can use Cosby's deposition at trial, judge says

    December 5, 2016 4:35 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that damaging testimony Bill Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit can be used at his criminal sex assault trial. The defense had insisted that Cosby only testified after being promised he wouldn't be charged in the Andrea Constand case. Montgomery County Judge Steven... more »
  • Jury selection begins in Will Smith trial

    December 5, 2016 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Questioning of potential jurors is set to begin in the trial of a man charged with fatally shooting former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith earlier this year. Twenty-nine-year-old Cardell Hayes has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Smith's death, and attempted second-degree murder in the... more »
  • Trial set Monday for suspect in ex-Saint Will Smith's death

    December 4, 2016 12:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The trial for the man charged with second-degree murder in the April 9 shooting death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith begins this week. Jury selection starts Monday in the trial of Cardell Hayes. Prosecutors say he rammed Smith's SUV, then shot Smith in the... more »
  • Suspect in 6-year-old, high-profile Beauregard Town murder in court today Play Video

    December 2, 2016 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A status hearing scheduled Friday in the case against a high-profile murder suspect was accompanied with an unusual news release from the district attorney's office announcing the court schedule. Sources close to the case told WBRZ's Investigative Unit and Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto that there could... more »
  • Charleston church shooting trial set to begin next week

    December 1, 2016 12:17 PM

    COLUMBIA - A trial has been scheduled to begin next week for the white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled Thursday that the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof will start next Wednesday in... more »
  • All ready for trial next month in shooting of ex-Saints star

    November 2, 2016 2:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors and attorneys for the man accused of killing New Orleans Saints star Will Smith say they're ready for trial next month on charges including second-degree murder. Lawyers said after a hearing Wednesday that they expect about 100 potential jurors to be called to court Dec. 1... more »
  • Former EBR Parish attorney denied new trial

    October 28, 2016 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper lost an appeal in her attempt to get a new trial in a defamation case against Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Chandler Loupe and the city-parish. In her original suit Roper claimed Loupe made false statements about her eventually causing... more »
  • Key pretrial hearing in Cosby criminal case set for November

    October 14, 2016 3:35 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A key pretrial hearing to determine what evidence prosecutors can use in Bill Cosby's Pennsylvania sex assault case has been scheduled for early November. Prosecutors hope to call 13 other accusers to show the comedian had a pattern of drugging and molesting women. The criminal charges involve an... more »
  • First of hundreds of jurors report in Charleston 2015 shooting trial

    September 26, 2016 9:41 AM

    CHARLESTON - Hundreds of potential jurors report to the federal courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, in the coming days as the jury selection begins in the trial of a white man charged in deaths of nine black church parishioners. Dylann Roof faces hate crimes and other federal counts in the... more »
  • Judge to decide if indicted Louisiana sheriff can carry gun

    July 29, 2016 8:10 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A federal judge will decide if a south Louisiana sheriff accused of making anti-Semitic threats can carry a gun while awaiting trial on charges he directed officers to assault prisoners. Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal already is prohibited from possessing firearms following his indictment, but his attorney says... more »
  • Judge won't kick DA off ex-Saints player case

    July 22, 2016 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge has refused to remove the New Orleans district attorney's office from the prosecution of a man who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith. State Judge Camille Buras on Friday rejected arguments that District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's... more »
  • Federal judge sets July 18 hearing in church shooting case

    June 30, 2016 4:00 PM

    COLUMBIA - A hearing has been set for next month to sort out jury selection details for the federal trial of a white man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic South Carolina church. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Thursday set a July 18 hearing in... more »
  • Cosby ordered to stand trial in sex assault case

    May 24, 2016 1:20 PM

    NORRISTOWN, Pa.- Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial in the lone criminal case lodged amid dozens of accusations that he molested women. The 78-year-old actor faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of violating the accuser while she was impaired, unconscious or could not give consent.... more »
  • Dogs participate in trial of new drug that could lengthen life span

    May 16, 2016 4:56 PM

    SEATTLE - Dogs in the Pacific Northwest are being inducted into trials for a new drug that has shown to significantly lengthen the lives of lab mice. The drug, rapamycin, improved heart health and seemed to delay the onset of some diseases in older mice. Scientists aren’t sure if... more »
  • Gawker files motions seeking new trial in privacy case

    April 6, 2016 1:14 PM

    ST. PETERSBURG - A New York news website has filed motions in a Florida court seeking a new trial in the Hulk Hogan invasion of privacy case. In motions filed this week, lawyers for Gawker Media asked for a new trial or for the amount in damages awarded to the... more »
  • Sentence set in misdemeanor BP oil spill pollution case

    April 6, 2016 11:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer will spend 10 months on probation for a misdemeanor pollution charge connected to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Donald Vidrine was formally sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval. Vidrine had served as a rig supervisor on the Deepwater Horizon... more »
  • Jury awards Hulk Hogan $115 million in Gawker sex tape suit

    March 19, 2016 3:10 PM

    ST. PETERSBURG - A jury has sided with ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and awarded him $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media. The jurors reached the decision Friday evening, less than six hours after they began deliberations. The trial lasted two weeks. Hogan, whose given name is... more »
  • Closing arguments Friday in Hulk Hogan lawsuit

    March 17, 2016 1:23 PM

    ST. PETERSBURG - A judge says jurors will hear closing arguments Friday in ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media over a sex video. Judge Pamela Campbell announced it Thursday. Also on Thursday, lawyers for Gawker showed Hogan a promo video of him wearing T-back underwear and parodying the... more »
  • Accident or crime? VA worker faces trial in patient's death

    March 6, 2016 2:32 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - The manslaughter case against a Department of Veterans Affairs nursing assistant in Louisiana has become fodder for the federal agency's congressional critics. Fredrick Kevin Harris awaits a trial over the May 2013 death of a 70-year-old psychiatric patient, who was fatally injured during an altercation with Harris at... more »
  • Gag order issued in court case over 16-year-old murder suspect Play Video

    February 26, 2016 3:33 PM

    GONZALES - A lengthy hearing over a change of venue in a murder trial against a 16-year-old ended with no decision and no talking after court because of a gag order. Jacob Westbrook , 16, is accused of stabbing Todd Toups, 18, to death in October. Westbrook is being... more »
  • Jury seated in trial for ex-BP rig supervisor

    February 16, 2016 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A jury has been chosen for the trial of a former BP rig supervisor who faces a pollution charge in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval has scheduled opening arguments Wednesday in Robert Kaluza's trial. Kaluza... more »
  • Prosecutors say Adnan Syed of 'Serial' podcast killed ex-girlfriend

    February 9, 2016 2:06 PM

    BALTIMORE - Maryland prosecutors are asking a Baltimore judge not to grant a new trial for the man convicted in a murder case re-examined by the popular "Serial" podcast. They argue that Adnan Syed wasn't convicted because of ineffective counsel or faulty evidence, but because "the evidence was overwhelming, and... more »
  • Man seeks reduced conviction, new trial in overdose death

    February 9, 2016 12:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Denham Springs man found guilty in the 2013 heroin overdose death of his girlfriend is asking a state judge to either reduce his second-degree murder conviction to negligent homicide or grant him a new trial. 26-year-old Jarret McCasland faces life in prison without parole when sentenced... more »
  • Document: Ex-NFL star Sharper, US renew plea negotiations

    February 4, 2016 4:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal court documents say former NFL star Darren Sharper has renewed plea negotiations with federal prosecutors and is preparing a trial defense - which could indicate that his plea agreement in a drug and sexual assault case is off. Sharper had pleaded guilty as part of a deal... more »
  • Accused Tinder rapist found not guilty Play Video

    February 1, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A jury has come back with a not guilty verdict after just two hours of deliberation for an East Baton Rouge man accused of raping a woman he met through the social dating app Tinder. 24-year-old Jacob Witz, of Bellaire, Texas, was accused of a forcible... more »
  • No immediate ruling in Benson competency case

    January 21, 2016 3:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawyer says it will likely be about a month before a Louisiana appeals court rules on the mental competency of Tom Benson, the owner of the NFL's Saints and the NBA's Pelicans. A three-judge panel of the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal heard closed-door... more »
  • Former TV star's rape trial pushed back

    January 20, 2016 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorneys asked this week that the aggravated rape trial of former "Sons of Guns" star Will Hayden be pushed back to later this summer. The court agreed to the request, which came from East Baton Rouge prosecutors and defense attorneys, to continue the trial back to... more »
  • Judge delays trial for 2 charged in Miss. with aiding Islamic State

    December 22, 2015 12:05 PM

    OXFORD, Miss. - A federal judge is delaying a trial for a young Mississippi couple accused of attempting to join the Islamic State. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock pushed the trial back to June 9. It had been scheduled for Jan. 19. A lawyer for defendant Jaelyn Delshaun... more »
  • Trial set for February over deadly 2012 platform blast

    December 21, 2015 12:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two companies charged with manslaughter in a deadly 2012 rig explosion about 20 miles off Grand Isle are scheduled for trial in February. Trial is set for Feb. 1 in federal court in New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo will hear the case against Black... more »
  • Some, not all, convictions dumped in La. film credit case

    December 9, 2015 6:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Some, but not all, of the criminal convictions against two men accused of bilking Louisiana's movie production tax credit program have been thrown out by a federal judge. But that same judge refused Wednesday to grant a new trial on the remaining convictions against New Orleans lawyer... more »
  • Trial date set for death at unlicensed daycare

    November 17, 2015 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The operator of an unlicensed Baton Rouge daycare where an infant died this summer appeared in court Tuesday morning. A judge set trial for January 20 for the case of Shelia Newman. She faces negligent homicide charges in the death of 22-month-old Angel Green this past... more »
  • Judge asked to reject new trial request in attorney's death

    November 11, 2015 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge prosecutors are asking a state judge to deny Greg Harris' request for a new trial in the brutal 2009 stabbing death of his wife, lawyer Chiquita Tate, in her downtown Baton Rouge law office. Harris, who is serving a 40-year prison term for manslaughter, claims in... more »
  • Trial revisits 'Goodfellas' heist

    October 17, 2015 12:11 PM

    NEW YORK - An aging mobster is set to go on trial on charges he had a role in an infamous mob heist immortalized in the hit movie "Goodfellas." Opening statements are scheduled Monday in federal court in Brooklyn in the case against Vincent Asaro. Asaro's name hadn't been associated... more »
  • Murdered man's brother addresses killer at sentencing

    October 7, 2015 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The brother of a man murdered in 1984 was able to give an emotional address to his brother's killer Wednesday morning. Ronald Dunnagan was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the 1984 murder of Gary Kergan. Jurors found Dunnagan guilty of second degree murder in... more »
  • Darren Sharper rape case co-defendants seek separate trials

    September 22, 2015 1:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Co-defendants of former NFL star Darren Sharper in Louisiana sexual assault cases have asked a federal judge for separate trials. Erik Nunez and former St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputy Brandon Licciardi are the remaining defendants in state and federal cases in which Sharper has pleaded guilty.... more »
  • Lawyers for 'Angola Three' member to argue against 3rd trial

    September 21, 2015 9:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The last member of the Angola Three still in prison will appear in a Louisiana court for a hearing on various motions ahead of his third trial for allegedly killing a prison guard. In the hearing Monday, lawyers for Albert Woodfox are pushing for his indictment in the... more »
  • Sgt. Bergdahl hearing begins for leaving post in Afghanistan

    September 17, 2015 11:59 AM

    SAN ANTONIO - A hearing has begun to determine if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should face a military trial for leaving his post in Afghanistan in June 2009. The Article 32 hearing at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where Bergdahl is based, will determine if the Idaho native will face... more »
  • Ohio mom accused of decapitating baby competent for trial

    September 17, 2015 11:56 AM

    CINCINNATI - A woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter has been found competent to stand trial and is scheduled for a hearing next month. Twenty-year-old Deasia Watkins was ordered to a psychiatric center for treatment and evaluation in April. Court documents show the judge has since found her competent... more »
  • Sentencing reset for ex-NFL player Sharper in Vegas sex case

    September 17, 2015 9:39 AM

    LAS VEGAS- Sentencing has been reset to Dec. 17 for former NFL star Darren Sharper in a felony Las Vegas attempted sex assault case made part of a four-state plea agreement. Defense attorney Richard Schonfeld said Wednesday that prosecutors didn't oppose the delay during a Sept. 3 hearing in Clark... more »
  • Both sides rest in Dunnagan murder trial Play Video

    September 10, 2015 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Defense attorneys rested immediately after prosecutors ended their case against Ronald Dunnagan in Baton Rouge, who is accused of killing Gary Kergan in 1984. This morning jurors heard from Leila Mulla, who prosecutors said confessed to her role in Kergan's murder and got a 30-year prison... more »
  • Victim's brother says cold case murder is "cut and dry" case Play Video

    September 9, 2015 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorneys made their opening statements Wednesday in the Baton Rouge murder trial of Ronald Dunnagan, who is accused of killing Gary Kergan in 1984. Defense attorneys put pressure on the prosecution's star witness, Leila Mulla, saying there's no physical evidence linking Dunnagan to the crime. Dunnagan... more »
  • Trial begins in cold case murder Play Video

    September 8, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man accused in a cold case murder that's more than 30 years old will learn his fate this week. At least 48 jurors showed up in the 19th Judicial District Court today as jury selection began in a high profile murder trial. Ronald Dunnagan is... more »
  • Judge refuses to drop charges, remove prosecutor in Baltimore police case

    September 2, 2015 12:56 PM

    BALTIMORE - Judge Barry Williams rejected a defense motion asking for the Office of the State's Attorney to be removed from the Freddie Gray case. The decision came at a pretrial hearing Wednesday, shortly after Williams had denied a defense motion seeking to have the charges dropped. Williams said... more »
  • Police testify at James Holmes' final sentencing

    August 24, 2015 1:13 PM

    CENTENNIAL - Police officers who responded to the Colorado theater shooting three years ago are getting a chance to talk about how that night affected them. The officers are talking in court during the final phase of sentencing for Aurora theater shooter James Holmes. Holmes will spend the rest of... more »
  • Real estate heir Durst's weapons trial postponed to January

    August 5, 2015 7:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed real estate heir Robert Durst's trial until next year. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan rescheduled the trial Wednesday from Sept. 21 to Jan. 11. Defense attorneys asked in July for a later date, saying they'll need more time to prepare... more »
  • 2014 Thibodaux manslaughter trial set to begin Tuesday

    August 2, 2015 11:59 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. - The trial of a man charged with manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of Larose teenager is to begin Tuesday in Thibodaux. 20-year-old Neely Gardner of Galliano is charged in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Braxton Bourda of Larose. Authorities say Bourda was shot while riding his... more »
  • Christmas Eve murder suspect trial set

    August 1, 2015 11:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gary Francois, accused of gunning down another man in a suburban New Orleans shopping mall on Christmas Eve, will go to trial Nov. 3. State District Judge Lee Faulkner of Gretna set the date Friday for Francois after denying a defense motion to prevent the jury from... more »
  • Re-trial date to be set next week for ex-BP engineer

    July 24, 2015 10:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A former BP engineer who won a new trial in a criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to learn the date of that trial next week. Federal prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil... more »
  • Judge sets trial for suspect in Charleston church shooting

    July 16, 2015 11:12 AM

    CHARLESTON - The man accused of killing nine people at a church in Charleston last month will stand trial next July. Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson set a July 11, 2016, trial date for Dylann Roof, who sat quietly during a 25-minute hearing Thursday morning. Public defender Ashley Pennington said he... more »
  • Mom accused of letting toddler sip margarita avoids trial

    July 16, 2015 11:10 AM

    SALEM - A Massachusetts woman accused of allowing her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and pouring some of it into the girl's sippy cup has avoided trial and possible deportation. Forty-two-year-old Sheldy Nelson of Lynn was originally scheduled to go to trial Wednesday on charges of... more »
  • Man convicted in murder, dismemberment sentenced to life

    July 9, 2015 12:12 PM

    GRETNA - A man convicted in the death and dismemberment of a Bourbon Street dancer will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Terry Speaks was sentenced Thursday in the 2013 death of Jaren Lockhart. Multiple news reports say Judge Stephen Grefer also sentenced Speaks to 40 years for... more »
  • Man convicted in murder, dismemberment seeks new trial

    July 7, 2015 11:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man convicted in the death and dismemberment of a Bourbon Street dancer is seeking a new trial, citing a history of mental illness and three failed requests for a mistrial during his proceedings. A hearing on the motion will be heard Thursday, the same date Terry... more »
  • Submarine sailor owns up to video

    June 29, 2015 9:10 PM

    MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, FLORIDA- A sailor accused of videotaping female officers in a shower area aboard a U.S. Navy submarine pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten months in the brig. Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Secrest admits he made the video and lied to investigators. Secrest is one... more »
  • Man guilty of brutal, racial attack; could face life in prison Play Video

    June 25, 2015 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jurors found a man guilty of second degree battery in a brutal attack at a gas station two years ago. The decision by the jury means Donald Dickerson is facing the possibility of a life sentence for being a habitual offender. "He has four prior... more »
  • Ousted Benson heirs appeal interdiction ruling

    June 24, 2015 4:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tom Benson's ousted heirs have filed an appeal in the interdiction for control of their father's and grandfather's estate, according to attorney Randy Smith. "Renee, Rita, and Ryan, having heard with their own ears and seen with their own eyes Tom Benson's mental decline, as well... more »
  • Prosecutors rest their case in Colorado theater shooting

    June 19, 2015 5:49 PM

    CENTENNIAL, CO - The prosecution in the Colorado theater shooting trial has rested after aiming to show James Holmes planned and carried out the massacre while knowing it was wrong. Prosecutors relied on emotional testimony from victims, graphic photos and a state-appointed psychiatrist's videotaped interview with Holmes to undermine his... more »
  • Trial set for man accused of killing, dismembering stripper

    June 15, 2015 7:57 AM

    GRETNA- The trial is set to begin Monday for a man authorities say killed a stripper he and his girlfriend lured from a New Orleans French Quarter bar, then dismembering her and dumping her into the Gulf of Mexico. Both Terry Speaks and Margaret Sanchez have pleaded not guilty to... more »
  • Louding's life sentence confirmed by appellate court

    June 8, 2015 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Louisiana appeals court has upheld the life sentence given Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding in a murder-for-hire case. Louding was convicted in 2013 in Baton Rouge for first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Terry Boyd. Authorities say Boyd was shot to death October of 2009 through... more »
  • Ex-BP exec David Rainey not guilty of lying in oil spill

    June 5, 2015 11:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has found a former BP executive not guilty of making false statements to investigators in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Prosecutors said David Rainey, in the early days of the spill, manipulated calculations to match a far-too-low government estimate of... more »
  • Former LSU, Southern FB player convicted in murder-for-hire

    June 4, 2015 10:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says former LSU and Southern University football player Nemessis Bates has been convicted of hiring hit men to kill a friend who had stolen from him. Polite says federal jurors convicted the 36-year-old Kenner man Thursday of soliciting a crime of violence, use... more »
  • Deliberations near in ex-BP executive's oil spill trial

    June 4, 2015 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Closing arguments have been scheduled in the case of David Rainey, the former BP executive charged with lying to federal investigators about the 2010 BP oil spill. Attorneys will make their final statements to jurors Friday morning and the jury is expected to begin deliberations by noon.... more »
  • Guilty plea as swamp slaying trial set to begin Play Video

    June 2, 2015 11:43 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The man accused in a gruesome swamp slaying pleaded guilty to the charges against him just before his trial was set to begin Wednesday. Detrell Scott pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges for shooting Kye Boudreaux, who was found dead in May 2014 at his Iberville Parish... more »
  • Trial set for ex-BP executive accused of obstructing probe

    June 1, 2015 4:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal trial is set to begin in New Orleans for a former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill. David Rainey has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed the investigation, and that he made false statements about his... more »
  • Media wants Benson trial to be public

    May 29, 2015 9:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More people are getting involved in Tom Benson's legal battle. ESPN and other media outlets are saying the trial should be open to the public. Earlier this month a judge ruled the trial would be closed. Now, the media is asking to have that decision... more »
  • Springfield city leaders replace chief of police Play Video

    May 20, 2015 11:09 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - City leaders replaced the police chief Wednesday night. James Jones resigned after taking a plea deal for charges involving a DWI cover-up. Part of the deal was that he had to quit his job. Jones submitted his letter of resignation and the alderman voted to appoint... more »
  • Boston bombing jury finishes 1st full day of deliberations

    May 14, 2015 5:13 PM

    BOSTON - Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have finished their first full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. The federal jury must decide whether the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death or life in prison for his role in the deadly 2013 attack.... more »
  • Opening statements begin in death penalty trial in Baton Rouge Play Video

    April 30, 2015 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opening statements began today in a high profile murder trial where the death penalty is at stake. According to prosecutors, Lee Turner murdered Edward Gurtner and Randy Chaney in March of 2011, during a robbery. Prosecutors claim he did it to eliminate any witnesses to his... more »
  • Hearing set in ex-cops' post-Katrina shooting

    April 29, 2015 6:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal prosecutors are asking an appeals court to reinstate the convictions of five former New Orleans police officers on civil rights charges stemming from the deadly shootings of unarmed civilians in storm-struck New Orleans in 2005. Four of the men are charged in the shootings at the Danziger... more »
  • Prosecutor says Colorado theater shooter seemed sane after arrest

    April 27, 2015 1:04 PM

    CENTENNIAL, CO - The prosecutor in the Colorado movie theater shooting trial says for four months after his arrest, James Holmes was on no medication and seemed sane. District Attorney George Brauchler told jurors during opening statements Monday that Holmes complained about the jail food and asked for specific books... more »
  • Lawyer: Louisiana gun case against millionaire Durst dropped

    April 23, 2015 12:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney for real estate heir Robert Durst says state weapon charges against him have been dropped, clearing the way for federal proceedings in New Orleans on similar charges. Durst, who faces a murder charge in an unrelated California case, remains jailed without bond in Louisiana. Lawyer... more »
  • Murder suspect apprehended after failing to show up for trial Play Video

    April 21, 2015 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A suspected murderer was picked up in St. Tammany Parish Tuesday after skipping out on court this week. Tressie Newberry is accused of principle to second degree murder. Her son, Mason Chiapuzio, is the accused triggerman in the case. Newberry's trial was set to start... more »

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