A homicide suspect out of Ohio was killed during a shootout with federal authorities at a motel in Pineville. 47-year-old James Edward Hawley, who also went by the alias of Ahmad Ben David, was wanted for the murder of 69-year-old Norma Matko and the disappearance of her 45-year-old daughter. FBI special agent John Fortunado.
The missing woman. 45-year-old Thoue Nichole Bronowski was found alive in the apartment.
Naughty Nawlins swingers and alternative lifestyle convention held in New Orleans last month produced 41 positive COVID-19 cases according to organizers. Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s spokesperson, Beau Tidwell, says he’s heard all the jokes, but the event has serious consequences.
The US Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case involving a Louisiana man that could result in retrials for all prisoners serving time on non-unanimous verdicts. The case is a follow-up to a decision by the court last year that non-unanimous convictions were unconstitutional. Attorney Andre Belanger argued that decision should be retroactive.
Belanger represents Thedrick Edwards, who is serving a life sentence in Angola on non-unanimous jury convictions related to a 2006 crime spree in Baton Rouge. Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murrill argued against giving Edwards and other non-unanimously convicted inmates retrials.
The department of health reports 3,604 new COVID-19 cases today which includes a backlog of 1,551 cases with collection dates going back to April. Vent usage is up significantly to 134, an increase of 63.