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 1996 News Releases

News Release #019

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

FROM: CLERK OF SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA

On the 9th day of February, 1996 , the following action was taken by the Supreme Court of Louisiana in the case(s) listed below:
 

BY WATSON, J. :

93-KA- 0772 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. WILLIE LEE TART (Parish of Ouachita) (First Degree Murder; Two Counts)

For the reasons assigned, and the discussion of other assignments of error in the appendix to this case, the convictions and death sentence of defendant, Willie Lee Tart, are affirmed for all purposes, except that this judgment shall not serve as a condition precedent to execution as provided by LSA-R.S. 15:567 until:

(a) defendant fails to petition the United States Supreme Court timely for certiorari;

(b) that court denies his petition for certiorari;

(c) having filed for and been denied certiorari, defendant fails to petition the United States Supreme Court timely under their prevailing Rules for rehearing of denial of certiorari; or

(d) that court denies his application for rehearing. AFFIRMED.

CALOGERO, C.J. - concurs in affirming defendant's conviction but dissents from affirmance of the penalty, and assigns reasons.

LEMMON, J. - dissents in part from affirming the sentence and assigns reasons.

JOHNSON, J. - dissents and will assign reasons.

 

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