- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A Houma man convicted of manslaughter is seeking a new trial.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1H0W7CD) Terrebonne court records show 34-year-old LaShawn Smith is seeking a new trial based on allegations that the prosecution withheld information.

Smith was found guilty December 12 of fatally shooting his second cousin, 27-year-old Quincy Smith.

Defense attorney Jim Holt alleges that Assistant District Attorney Chris Erny failed to inform him of an “alternate theory of the murder of the victim.” Holt claims Erny didn’t tell him a witness may have had doubt Smith was the shooter.

Erny denied the allegation Tuesday saying Holt was provided with all of the reports, transcripts, and audio recordings.

A motion hearing is set for May 20.

Smith faces up to 40 years in prison for the manslaughter conviction.


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

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