It is not out of the ordinary for trial dates to be set, postponed and re-set in capital cases as the prosecution, the defense and the trial date take measures to assure that every “i” is dotted and “t” is crossed as they approach a possible death penalty.
In Louisiana capital cases, a jury first decides guilt or innocence of the accused. If there is a conviction, the second phase of the trial decides whether the penalty ins life in prison or execution.
Credeur, 28 when arrested, is accused of the Aug. 6, 2010 killing of Barbara Savant.
The 67-year-old victim was found dead in her home on May Street.
Credeur was initially charged with second-degree murder and case was subsequently amended to first degree.
At the time of the arrest, police said they thought the multiple stabbing was related to a drug robbery.
In March, Credeur’s attorney filed motions to suppress and to bar introduction at trial of evidence of other crimes by the suspect.
Those motions are evidently still pending.
Trial scheduled in Judge Patrick Michot’s court for June 20, 2011 was postponed and re-scheduled for Nov. 28.