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Jul 11, 2013 9:19 AM by AP

Death penalty off table in triple-homicide case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state prosecutor says she is dropping plans to seek the death penalty against a Baton Rouge man in the 2011 shooting deaths of his former girlfriend two other women because doctors have determined he is mentally retarded.
Courtney Williams deserves to be put to death for what he did on Sept. 10, 2011 - despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bars the execution of mentally retarded persons.

The Williams is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the killing of Clarissa Cobbing, Britney Lee and Josephine Lathers, who was Lee's grandmother. A man was wounded during the shooting.

Assistant District Attorney Dana Cummings says doctors chosen by the defense and prosecution reached the same conclusion - that Williams is mentally retarded.


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