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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
McCoy v. Louisiana
Citation:138 S. Ct. 1500 (2018)
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On May 5, 2008, Christine and Willie young and Gregory Colston were shot and killed in the Youngs’ home in Bossier City, Louisiana. The three victims were the mother, stepfather, and son of Robert McCoy’s estranged wife, Yolanda. Several days later, police arrested McCoy. McCoy was appointed counsel from the public defender’s office. At a July 26, 2011 hearing, McCoy sought to terminate English’s (public defender) representation and English asked to be relieved. With trial set to start two days later, the court refused. At the beginning of his opening statement at the guilt phase of the trial, English told the jury there was no way reasonably possible that they could hear the prosecution’s evidence and reach any other conclusion than Robert McCoy was the cause of these individuals’ death. McCoy protested. McCoy told the court that English was selling him out by maintaining that McCoy murdered his family. The jury returned a verdict of death guilty of first-degree murder on all three counts.
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