US Supreme Court declines to hear 'Angola 5' appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of David Brown, the "Angola 5" member who was sentenced to death for the killing of a prison guard during a 1999 escape attempt.

A state judge overturned the death sentence, but it was reinstated in February by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling Monday.

The New Orleans Advocate ( ) reports defense advocates had hoped the case would prompt the high court to scold Louisiana for not adhering to a ruling requiring prosecutors to turn over to the defense all evidence favorable to a defendant.

Brown had joined a group of prisoners in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in the escape attempt, but claimed he wasn't there when Capt. David Knapps was killed inside a bathroom.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,