- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has reinstated the second-degree murder conviction and life sentence of a man found guilty of ordering a hit in 2008.

Forty-one-year-old Samuel Mack was convicted of ordering 31-year-old Mark Westbrook shot after Westbrook argued with a friend of Mack‘s.

Witnesses said Mack tried to intervene but Westbrook told him to stop. One witness said Mack threatened Westbrook. Another said Mack ultimately told Westbrook he had “no beef” with him.

Prosecutors argued that phone calls among Mack, the triggerman and a third person before and after the shooting were about a hit.

A state appeal court said too little evidence supported the conviction.



But the unsigned Supreme Court opinion issued May 7 said the threats and “web of calls” were sufficient. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson dissented.

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