- Associated Press - Friday, January 15, 2016

GONZALES, La. (AP) - A state district judge has set an execution date for serial killer Daniel Blank after rejecting a bid to overturn his death penalty conviction.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1SRqLmk) Judge Jessie LeBlanc ruled Thursday that Blank should be executed March 14.

Blank’s appellate attorney Gary Clements says Blank won’t be executed then because he has more appeals left and Louisiana lacks drugs for lethal injections.

In September, LeBlanc rejected Blank’s claims of ineffective defense counsel and upheld his first-degree murder conviction and death sentence in 72-year-old Lillian Philippe’s 1997 murder.

Blank’s appellate attorneys said 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.


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

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