Judge sets trial date for suspect in murder that happened 30 years ago

Judge sets trial for suspect in murder that happened 30 years ago

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man accused of a murder that happened 30 years ago will have to wait another six months to go to trial.

A judge set a date of July 13, 2015 for the second-degree murder trial of Ronald Dunnagan, 65, in the death of Gary Kergan.

Dunnagan is accused of robbing and killing Kergan after a woman, Leila Mulla, lured Kergan back to Dunnagan's apartment. Mulla pleaded guilty earlier this year to manslaughter charges. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Kergan was murdered in November 1984. Mulla, who was an exotic dancer at a club on Plank Road then, admitted in May 2014 that she conspired with her alleged pimp, Dunnagan, to rob and murder Kergan.

Investigators believe she took Kergan back to the apartment she shared with Dunnagan and served him poisoned wine. She said Dunnagan killed Kergan and put his body in the trunk of his own car. The car was later found in Metairie, but Kergan's body was never located.

Dunnagan remains in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $150,000 bond.

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