Jury finds Kenneth Gleason guilty of first-degree murder

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 7:32 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) -A Baton Rouge jury found Kenneth Gleason guilty of first-degree murder on Monday, April 26.

Gleason was on trial for first-degree murder for the killing of Donald Smart and has been charged with second degree murder of Bruce Coefield.

Both victims were black men. He was also indicted on two counts of attempted second-degree murder in the non-fatal shooting on Sandy Ridge Drive.

Race played a key role in this case as prosecutor Dana Cummings said Gleason was “hunting black men” during his five-day “reign of terror” in Baton Rouge back in September of 2017.

Sentencing will begin in August and Gleason faces mandatory life in prison.

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