- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GONZALES, La. (AP) - A state district judge has rejected serial killer Daniel Blank’s claims of ineffective defense counsel and upheld his first-degree murder conviction and death penalty sentence in the 1997 murder of 72-year-old Lillian Philippe, of Gonzales.

Blank’s appellate attorneys argued that prosecutors withheld investigative reports that would have challenged the reliability of Blank’s confession to Philippe’s and others’ murders - and to armed robberies - and that his trial attorneys failed to do enough to exclude use of the multiple-crime confession. The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1N1EqWu ) Judge Jessie LeBlanc called those claims unconvincing and insufficient.

During an evidentiary hearing in July at which LeBlanc presided, prosecutors argued Blank gave a detailed confession only the killer could have known, a view LeBlanc adopted Tuesday.

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


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