- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Hearings related to a reduced sentence for a convicted killer and rapist who held bank employees, including his estranged wife, hostage more than 17 years ago have been delayed.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1lnjhD0 ) the testimonies of the defense team’s experts and witnesses in former Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s deputy Chad Louviere’s case were scheduled for May 28-29. But those dates were rescheduled Tuesday for June and August during a status conference in Judge John Walker’s court.

Louviere received the death penalty for killing one woman and raping four others in a one-day crime spree in October 1996. He is asking a judge to reduce his sentence to life.

The hearings will now take place June 10 and for three days beginning the week of Aug. 18.

State prosecutors agreed with these dates, but Assistant District Attorney Carlos Lazarus said the postponement may be a defense tactic to prolong the trial.



“It is our desire not to prolong this any longer than necessary. The defense is trying to prolong this,” he said.

Also discussed during the conference was a motion of discovery filed by state prosecutors.

Prosecutors said the defense team has not given them all of the expert and witness information they need to form their own list of people to testify.

Walker granted the motion, but said that its terms had to be reciprocated by state prosecutors.

The defense team has until June 1 to supply state prosecutors with the information, while prosecutors have until June 17 to reciprocate.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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