Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:12:52 GMT
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on the girl, even after she told him that she was in pain.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:36:47 GMT
Louisiana State Police reports I-10 East is closed at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge due to multiple crashes. Traffic on I-10 East is being diverted onto I-49 North.Drivers trying to get toMore >>
Louisiana State Police said I-10 East was closed for a while Tuesday morning due to multiple crashes near Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:18 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:18:50 GMT
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Johnny Williams Jr., 34, of Hammond, faces charges of felony theft and possession of marijuana. The Tangipahoa ParishMore >>
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Witnesses said they saw him take the units. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:41 GMT
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported Justo Venegas, 31, is wanted on a charge of forcible rape. Chief DeputyMore >>
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. He is wanted for forcible rape involving a girl. More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
The attorney for a man accused of breaking into a home and killing a woman is stepping down from the case.
Nelvil Hollingsworth, one of the lawyers representing Aramis Jackson, said there is a conflict of interest.
Jackson is accused of shooting Alexandra Engler to death and seriously wounding her daughter, Ariana, who was 9 years old at the time.
The attack happened inside Engler's home in the Beauregard Town neighborhood of Baton Rouge in September 2010.
The public defender's office is down to three death penalty certified defense attorneys. They are all enrolled in death cases, which is painfully stretching the office's resources.
"We're facing increased demands upon our resources to do a more thorough job so the case isn't reversed," Hollingsworth said. "We don't have the resources."
In addition to Hollingsworth, Margaret Lagatutta and Fred Kronke are the only death penalty qualified lawyers. Accused criminals who cannot pay must have two attorneys to defend them. According to Hollingsworth, recruitment is the problem.
"We have little to offer them. No retirement, the pay is low and they'll be up a lot of nights. So, we're in a position that we have less death qualified attorneys than we had 10 years ago, 20 years ago," Hollingsworth explained.
Jackson's case will continue with new attorneys with Capital Area Indigent Defense. Johnny Adriani said he's not that concerned about who defends the man accused of shooting his daughter. He just wants to move on.
"I think the evidence is working against Mr. Jackson, but it's got to run its course," he said. "My goal is not what's going on in court. My goal is my daughter's progression and doing well. We are really doing well."
David Price and Mario Guadamud will be handling the case from now on.
Jackson's DNA was found on Engler's door.
District Court Judge Tony Marabella is overseeing the case.