FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
NEWS RELEASE # 071
FROM: CLERK OF THE SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA
The Opinions handed down on the 2nd day of November, 2007, are as follows:
BY JOHNSON, J.:
2006-KA-0518 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. ROBERT GLEN COLEMAN (Parish of Caddo)
(First Degree Murder)
For the reasons assigned herein, we reverse the defendant's conviction and death sentence, and remand for a new trial.
REVERSED AND REMANDED FOR NEW TRIAL.
VICTORY, J., dissents for the reasons assigned by Justice Knoll.
TRAYLOR, J., dissents for reasons assigned by Knoll, J.
KNOLL, J., dissents and assigns reasons.
2007-KP- 0691 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. JASON MATTHIS (Parish of Orleans)
(Second Degree Murder)
Accordingly, the judgments below are reversed, respondent's conviction and sentence for second degree murder are reinstated, and this case isremanded to the district court for purposes of taking respondent into custody and remanding him to the penitentiary to serve the remainder of his life term.
RULINGS BELOW REVERSED; CONVICTION AND SENTENCE REINSTATED; CASE REMANDED FOR EXECUTION OF SENTENCE.
Judge Fred C. Sexton sitting ad hoc for Pascal F. Calogero, C.J., recused.