POSTED: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 3:21pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 3:26pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: A new judge has been assigned to the case against accused murder Trucko Stampley. The Clerk of Court randomly assigned to Judge Bonnie Jackson to the First Degree Murder case. She takes over after Judge Lou Daniel recused himself from the case yesterday. That’s after spending four years on the trial. That's decision was based on an ongoing investigation into death threats made against his life.
The judge in the case against accused murderer Trucko Stampley stepped down today.
ORIGINAL STORY: 04-26-11 - Stampley of Baton Rouge was arrested in 2007 for the First Degree murder of four people in the Capitol City. He was only 19-years old at the time of his arrest. Since then he has faced additional charges of Second Degree Attempted Murder.
Both cases were heard in court today and have witnessed several delays in the past, including a competency hearing to determine if Stampley was fit to stand trial.
Today, Stampley was back in court, but the trial will not move forward just yet.
The defense called a motion for Judge Daniel to recuse himself, which was granted. According to prosecutor Darwin Miller, the judge granted the motion because he did not feel he could be impartial in this case. That’s because of an ongoing investigation by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's department into death threats made against Judge Daniel’s life.
No new court date has been set at this time, but the prosecution says it’s eager to bring the case to trial. A new judge will be randomly assigned by the Clerk of Court. They say that process should move quickly.