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Louisiana Supreme Court upholds conviction, sentence of murder suspect


On Wednesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death sentence of Robert McCoy who was convicted for the 2008 killings of his estranged wife’s son, mother, and stepfather.

In August 2011, a Bossier Parish jury found Robert McCoy guilty of three counts of First Degree Murder in the deaths of Christine Young, Willie Young, and Gregory Colston.

The jury recommended a sentence of death after the penalty phase of the trial and the death sentence was imposed by Judge Jeff Cox in January, 2012.

Robert McCoy
Robert McCoy

Mr. McCoy appealed his case to the Louisiana Supreme Court. In January 2016, District Attorney Schuyler Marvin traveled to New Orleans to argue the case at length before the State’s highest court.

On Wednesday October 19, the Louisiana Supreme Court published an opinion affirming both the conviction and death sentence for Robert McCoy.

In the opinion, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Scott Crichton writes, “It is my opinion that the trial court here navigated these complex issues in exemplary fashion, and it is for this reason I agree wholeheartedly with the opinion’s conclusion that Mr. McCoy’s assignments of error relating to his representation are wholly without merit.” 

When asked about the ruling, District Attorney Schuyler Marvin added “We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision and are proud of all our partners in law enforcement who helped bring this killer to justice.”

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.


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