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Apr 9, 2012 9:01 AM by AP

Lawyers: Evidence withheld in Angola 5 trial

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - Attorneys appealing the conviction and death sentence of Angola 5 defendant David Brown are seeking a new trial, saying prosecutors withheld evidence.

The Advocate reports the judge overseeing the Angola 5 cases postponed the trial of the next defendant last week until Sept. 24 without disclosing the reason.

Brown was convicted of first-degree murder Oct. 27 in the 1999 slaying of security Capt. David C. Knapps at Louisiana State Penitentiary. The same jury voted unanimously to give Brown the death penalty.

Knapps was killed when six inmates tried to escape.

Brown's appellate attorneys said in their motion that prosecutors were sitting on a statement during the trials of Brown and Robert G. Carley that fundamentally altered the state's theory of the case regarding the relative culpability of the defendants.

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