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Advocate: Trial postponed for accused cop killer as attorneys consider insanity plea

Posted at 3:21 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 16:23:49-05

The first trial for the man accused of fatally shooting a Lafayette police officer and wounding three others was postponed Tuesday to allow defense attorneys more time to consider an insanity plea, according to our media partners at The Advocate.

Ian Howard is charged with killing Officer Michael Middlebrook and shooting three others Oct. 1, 2017, at a Lafayette convenience store. District Attorney Keith Stutes’ Office is seeking the death penalty in the Middlebrook case.

A trial for three attempted murder charges had been set for Jan. 7, with Tuesday the deadline for Howard’s attorneys to decide whether to pursue an insanity defense. That deadline is now extended to Jan. 15, at which time a trial date will be set. Judge Jules Edwards said he expects a trial no later than November 2019.

No trial date has been set in the capital case.

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