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La. high court upholds murder conviction

•  State Bar News     updated  2012/07/02 01:51


The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a woman in the shooting death of her live-in boyfriend in 2009.

The Advocate reports that Mary Henderson Trahan was convicted of second-degree murder in Lafayette Parish in 2010 in the death of George Barbu.

An appeals court ruled the evidence did not support her conviction. Prosecutors appealed.

The Supreme Court this week said a rational juror could find from the evidence that Trahan had "specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm" to Barbu.

Trahan had claimed she accidentally shot Barbu after she slipped and fell while holding a gun.

The Supreme Court said jurors heard no evidence to support Trahan's claim.

Trahan faces up to life in prison when she is sentenced.


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