Posted: Sep 7, 2011 9:18 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - A prosecutor told a jury that Angola inmate Robert G. Carley was a leader in an escape plot that led to the death of prison security Capt. David C. Knapps nearly 12 years ago.
Tommy Block, lead prosecutor in the so-called Angola 5 murder trials, said Carley participated in the stabbing and beating death of Knapps inside the Education Building at Angola's Camp D when the escape plan began to fall apart on the night of Dec. 28, 1999.
The Advocate reports attorneys in the case chose the jury of five men and seven women from St. Tammany Parish on Tuesday morning, and the panel was taken to St. Francisville for the trial.
The state is seeking the death penalty against Carley.