- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The retrial of former death row inmate Juan Smith in a rampage that killed five people in 1995 has been postponed for a week because of a personal matter involving one of his attorneys.

Nola.com ‘ The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1oJQfRI ) Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Frank Marullo granted the delay Monday, postponing jury selection in the case until May 19.

Smith was convicted in the quintuple murder in 1996. The conviction was used to secure the death penalty in a triple murder that occurred a month earlier.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1996 conviction in 2012, finding that prosecutors had failed to turn over key evidence in the case to the defense.

Smith spent more than 16 years on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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