Angola Five members denied request for trial in another parish


POSTED: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 6:10pm


A state judge denied the request of two of the men accused of murdering an Louisiana State Penitentiary security guard.

The attorneys for Angola inmates Barry Edge and David Mathis asked the judge presiding in this first degree murder case to select jurors from another parish, not St. Tammany.

Judge Jerome Winsberg said the two attorneys did not supply enough evidence that their clients could not get a fair trial from St. Tammany Parish jurors.

Several St. Tammany Parish judges wrote letters supporting the inmates’ request, because they say the parish court system could not handle the two trials.

The two attorneys plan to appeal this decision.

Edge and Mathis are part of the Angola Five accused of killing security guard Captain David C. Knapps during an escape attempt in December of 2009.


ORIGINAL STORY (05/16/2011) --

The first of the “Angola Five” has been convicted of killing a prison guard during an escape attempt that happened in 1999.

A jury in St. Francisville found Cameron Clark guilty of First Degree Murder on May 15.

Clark and four other Angola inmates are charged with beating and stabbing to death Captain David Knapps, an Angola prison guard.

Clark represented himself in the trial, and it took the jury less than two hours to deliberate.

Clark could face the death penalty; he’s already serving a life sentence at Angola for murder.

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