July 25, 1987 |
Willie Watson Jr., 31, convicted of the 1981 sex killing of a Tulane University medical student, was executed early Friday after a two-hour reprieve, becoming the second person this week to die in Louisiana's electric chair. The execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary followed a 4-4 vote by the Supreme Court rejecting a last-ditch appeal. The execution was the sixth in the state this year and the 85th in the nation since capital punishment was restored in 1976.
July 25, 2000 |
A Louisiana fisherman was charged with second-degree murder Monday for allegedly killing his captain in a dramatic fight for the only life jacket aboard their sinking shrimp boat. Alvin Latham, 46, has been jailed on $200,000 bail for the death of Raymond Leiker on the night of July 16 in stormy seas off the Louisiana coast, said John Marie, spokesman for the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Department. Latham, who survived without the life jacket, faces up to life in prison if convicted.
June 6, 1992 |
Authorities on Friday closed their investigation of Sen. Huey P. Long's killing after reaching the same conclusion as almost 57 years ago: that Louisiana's political "Kingfish" was slain by a doctor out to right a family wrong. "He was shot once, the bullet passing completely through his body and exiting through his back," state police Lt. Donald R. Moreau testified at a hearing. "There was one assassin. That assassin was Dr. Carl A. Weiss." Long, a U.S.
May 23, 1993 |
The man on trial for killing a Japanese exchange student gave his account Saturday, saying tearfully that his wife was terrified, he felt threatened and he "felt I had no other choice." Rodney Peairs, 31, is charged with manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old Yoshi Hattori, who knocked on Peairs' door while looking for a Halloween party Oct. 17. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison. Peairs said he hollered "Freeze," but the teen-ager apparently did not understand.
May 25, 1993 |
The acquittal of a Louisiana man who shot and killed a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student last Oct. 17 produced anger and befuddlement here Monday, reinforcing an image of the United States as a sick and gun-crazed society. "The judgment reflects the pathology of a society where one of every three households has a gun," the Asahi newspaper said in its evening edition Monday.
May 21, 1993 |
A Japanese exchange student fatally shot by a Baton Rouge, La., homeowner who had ordered him to "freeze" spoke only spotty English, a witness testified at the opening of a trial. Rodney Peairs, 31, is on trial for shooting 16-year-old Yoshi Hattori after the boy knocked on Peairs' door while looking for a Halloween party last October. Peairs has said he thought the boy was an intruder.
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June 27, 1998 |
Two murder suspects wanted by the FBI were seen in Anaheim last week, thrown out of Knott's Berry Farm on Wednesday and arrested in Nevada on Thursday, FBI officials said. Travis Johnson, 18, and Gary Harrall, 21, are suspected of killing two men in Louisiana in late May and early June, authorities said. Johnson and Harrall were reportedly seen in an Anaheim pawnshop last week and later traced to an Anaheim hotel, said Tim White, a special agent with the FBI in Santa Ana.
August 16, 1997 |
Just hours after a Louisiana law that allows drivers to shoot would-be carjackers took effect Friday, one teenager was killed and another was wounded by two men who stole their car. St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office Capt. Newman Braud said two Abbeville, La., teenagers were shoved from their car and shot by two men they had picked up earlier. Damian Durke, 19, died at the scene, he said. Kelso Montgomery, 18, managed to walk to a nearby home to summon police after the carjackers drove off.