Second-degree murder trial of Oakdale man accused of killing grandfather delayed until Sept. 2

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OBERLIN, Louisiana — The second-degree murder trial of an Oakdale man accused of killing his grandfather last November has been delayed again.

The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) Laken Johnson's trial was scheduled to resume Tuesday in Oberlin but has been postponed until Sept. 2 after a witness remains in the hospital.

The 19-year-old Johnson is accused of fatally shooting his grandfather, 64-year-old Norman Ray Johnson Sr. with a 12-gauge shotgun while the elder Johnson was taking a shower on Nov. 4, 2013.

Police say Johnson initially told investigators someone else shot his grandfather but later confessed to the shooting.

Defense attorney David Deshotels argues the shooting was in response to years of physical and verbal abuse by the grandfather who was a retired military and correctional officer.


Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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