Arrest of Nelvil Hollingsworth won't delay trial

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 9:16pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) -- The First-Degree murder trial of Angola 5 defendant Barry S. Edge will go forward in April as planned, despite the Saturday arrest of one of his defense attorneys. Retired Orleans Parish Judge Jerome Winsberg issued the ruled Tuesday following a meeting with prosecution and defense attorneys and Edge. West Feliciana Parish sheriff's deputies arrested lead defense attorney Nelvil Hollingsworth on Saturday on a complaint by Louisiana State Penitentiary authorities, who alleged Hollingsworth, 62, tried to enter the prison with marijuana hidden in the lining of his jacket.

Hollingsworth, who had scheduled a visit at Angola with Edge, was booked on one count of introduction of contraband into a penal institution and released on $10,000 bail.

Edge is accused of first-degree murder in the Dec. 28, 1999, slaying of prison security Capt. David C. Knapps, 49, during an escape attempt from Angola's Camp D.

Prosecutors from Jefferson and Caddo parishes have tried three of Edge's co-defendants, winning death sentences against Jeffrey Cameron Clark and David Brown. Robert G. Carley, was sentenced to a second life sentence in Angola.


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