Attorneys handling Musso murder trial exchange info

Dustin Musso
Dustin Musso

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man accused of killing his own grandfather and later spitting at court officials was not in the courtroom Monday morning for a hearing but his lawyer was.

Dustin Musso, 30, is charged with first-degree murder for the death of his grandfather, Pete Musso, 76. Judge Mike Erwin took 1,776 pages of information on the defendant into evidence.

Monday's hearing was for lawyers to exchange information on the case. Musso will be back in court on September 26.

Musso was forced to wear a mask to prevent him from spitting when he appeared in court in October.

During that hearing, Erwin ruled he is sane enough to stand trial in the murder of his grandfather. Erwin also refused to give Musso a new attorney.

Musso is accused of killing his grandfather, setting the house on fire and then taking a bus to Alabama.

Pete Musso lived at a home on Glenda Drive in Baton Rouge, where a fire started around 3:40 a.m. on May 5, 2009.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office said he experienced some sort of trauma to the head, which is why police began investigating it as a murder.

Dustin Musso was taken into custody at a bus station in Montgomery, AL the same morning as the murder and fire.

He was initially charged with felony theft, but the charges were later upgraded. In September 2009, a Baton Rouge grand jury indicted him for first-degree murder.

According to the victim's granddaughter, Pete Musso took in his grandson to live with him.

The victim's white pickup was missing that Tuesday morning and later found at the Greyhound bus station on Florida Boulevard.

Because Musso refused extradition back to Louisiana on his own, a strange and lengthy process to get him back had to be enacted. It involved Gov. Bobby Jindal and Governor Bob Riley of Alabama. He was finally returned to Baton Rouge two months later.

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