Angola 5 trial may be delayed

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The new attorneys for the only Angola inmate still facing trial in the 1999 beating and stabbing death of a prison security officer told a state judge they probably will file a motion to postpone their client's trial.

The Advocate reports the trial for Barry Edge, who already is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder, is scheduled to begin Jan. 17.

Defense attorney Steve Lemoine told retired Orleans Parish Judge Jerome M. Winsberg Friday that he sees problems in getting the case together.

Winsberg has presided over three trials and a plea agreement involving the so-called Angola 5.

The inmates were indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the Dec. 28, 1999, slaying of Capt. David C. Knapps during an escape attempt.

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