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Mar 8, 2012 10:19 AM by AP

Arrested lawyer staying on case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An East Baton Rouge Parish public defender arrested last month for allegedly trying to enter the state penitentiary at Angola with marijuana will continue to represent a man accused of killing two women and wounding a third at a Baton Rouge business in 2009.

Fred Kroenke, who also represents Richard Matthews in the capital murder case, also informed state District Judge Tony Marabella that a resolution is pending in the drug case involving his colleague, Nelvil Hollingsworth.

Kroenke told The Advocate Hollingsworth, who is taking personal leave, will return to work April 1.

Matthews is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the killing of Grady Crawford Construction Co. clerical workers Dianna Tullier and Cheryl D. Boykin on Dec. 23, 2009.

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