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Oct 24, 2013 8:55 AM by AP

Former deputy to appeal death penalty

A convicted killer and rapist who held bank employees, including his estranged wife, hostage 17 years ago is asking a Terrebonne Parish judge to reduce his death sentence to life.
Chad Louviere, who worked as a Terrebonne Parish deputy, committed the crimes in a single day in October 1996, all in uniform.
New Orleans-based attorney Caroline Tillman said at an evidentiary hearing Wednesday Louviere's trial was riddled with legal errors, and his sentence deserves a second look.
Tillman said Louviere's trial lawyers could have easily argued an insanity defense.
A sanity hearing is slated for December.

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