- Associated Press - Sunday, February 16, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny a new trial for a man sentenced to death for killing a Baton Rouge police officer with her own gun in 2004.

Court documents filed Friday cite a “Mount Kilimanjaro of evidence” against Shedran Williams, 43, The Advocate reported (https://bit.ly/1ca5X4r).

Nine people saw him kill Lt. Vickie Wax and then shoot two other people, East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Dylan Alge wrote, adding, “There is simply no question” about his guilt.

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Defense attorney Gary Clements argued in a court filing last fall that Williams is mentally disabled. Clements also claimed Williams‘ conviction was tainted by shoddy work by his trial attorneys and racial bias during jury selection.

State District Judge Mike Erwin is scheduled to decide July 10 whether Williams is entitled to a hearing on his post-conviction relief claims. The judge could dismiss the petition outright without a hearing.

Alge says the Louisiana Supreme Court rejected Williams‘ mental retardation claim when the justices affirmed his conviction and death sentence in 2009. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the case in 2010.

Williams was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting Wax, who was working off-duty as a guard at a Wal-Mart in Baton Rouge.

Clements argued his client’s trial lawyers failed to effectively represent him at every stage of the proceedings.

“The result was a tepid challenge to the state’s case for guilt, and an anemic, ill-conceived effort to save Mr. Williams from the death sentence in the penalty phase,” Clements said.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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