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Aug 13, 2010 9:49 PM by Alison Haynes

Judge in Angola 5 case resigns

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The judge hearing the trials of
five Louisiana State Penitentiary inmates accused of killing a
security officer nearly 11 years ago has resigned from the case,
citing family health issues.
Several defense attorneys told The Advocate they were shocked
when retired Orleans Parish District Judge Dennis Waldron made the
announcement Friday after a preliminary hearing in the case ended.
Waldron says he's asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to appoint
another judge to continue hearing the cases. He does now know when
that will happen.
Five Angola inmates are accused of first-degree murder in the
stabbing and beating death of Capt. David C. Knapps on Dec. 28,
1999.

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