Michael Baptiste

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Sat December 15, 2012

Judge Orders New Trial Over Missing Records

A man convicted of murdering a teenager in New Orleans 27 years ago will get a new trial because the old trial transcript was never filed with a state appeals court.

The Times-Picayune reports that state District Judge Frank Marullo, who presided over Michael Baptiste's original conviction in 1985, ordered a new trial in July.

Baptiste, now 50, was convicted for killing 18-year-old Emile August in a public housing complex while working as a hit man for a drug dealer. Marullo sentenced him to life in prison.

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