Feb 29, 2012 10:42 AM by AP

Angola 5 trial to start as planned

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The first-degree murder trial of Angola 5 defendant Barry S. Edge will go forward in April as planned, despite the Saturday arrest of one of his defense attorneys.
The Advocate reports retired Orleans Parish Judge Jerome M. Winsberg issued the ruled Tuesday following a meeting with prosecution and defense attorneys and Edge.
West Feliciana Parish sheriff's deputies arrested lead defense attorney Nelvil Hollingsworth on Saturday on a complaint by Louisiana State Penitentiary authorities, who alleged Hollingsworth tried to enter the prison with marijuana hidden in the lining of his jacket.
Edge is accused of first-degree murder in the Dec. 28, 1999, slaying of prison security Capt. David C. Knapp during an escape attempt from Angola's Camp D.


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