DA upset with Cannon defender’s trial-delaying tactics

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The Caddo Parish District Attorney says he was against another trial delay for accused cop killer Grover Cannon. 

Cannon’s new trial date was set for October 8, 2018, by Caddo District Judge Ramona Emanuel. Cannon, 30, was to have gone on trial August 20, 2018, in connection with the August 5, 2015 slaying of Shreveport Police Patrol Officer Thomas LaValley after LaValley responded to a domestic disturbance call on Del Rio Street in the Queensborough neighborhood. The state is seeking the death penalty for Cannon upon conviction.

The defense continuance motion was based on the defense not being prepared to go forward as scheduled. The state has previously obtained trial settings of February 6, 2017; July 24, 2017; and April 16, 2018. Each of those settings was pushed back as a result of defense motions to continue.

“The defendant’s counsel are pulling not only every trick in the book but outside the norm to delay the trial,” said Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. “They put the trial judge in a very difficult situation, and we certainly don’t need reversible error. They have gone from legal reasons to suspect excuses to keep from giving the family of Officer LaValley their day in Court. I am quite sure they will come up with something else prior to the the next trial but we believe the judge will maintain the next trial date. We will be ready in October.”

Assistant District Attorneys Ed Blewer and William Edwards are prosecutors in the actions against Cannon.

The attorneys for Cannon are from the Capital Defense Project of Southeast Louisiana, based in New Orleans. This group is paid by and contracted with the State Indigent Defender Board. The State Indigent Defender Board contracts with three such groups to provide capital defense throughout the state. All three groups are based in Baton Rouge or New Orleans.

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