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Penalty phase to continue in Angola 5 trial

Last Modified: Monday, October 14, 2013 10:08 AM

ST. FRANCISVILLE (AP) — Jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Angola 5 inmate Barry S. Edge heard testimony from relatives of the Louisiana State Penitentiary officer killed nearly 14 years ago, as well as from Edge's family members.

On Saturday, a jury convicted the 53-year-old Edge of first-degree murder of Capt. David Knapps during a botched escape attempt from the Angola prison's Camp D on Dec. 28, 1999.

The Advocate reports ( the jury will return Monday for more testimony on the question of whether they should give Edge a death sentence or a life sentence. A unanimous verdict is needed for the death penalty.

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