Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Coleman trial to kick off Monday

Judge rules expert testimony is okay

A Caddo district court judge has ruled that expert testimony from a recent hearing can be included in the upcoming second degree murder trial of former Minden resident Kimethia Coleman.

According to the Caddo Parish District Attorney's office, Judge Mike Pitman ruled Thursday against several motions filed during a court appearance last week by Coleman's attorney, Thomas Alonzo of Lafayette.

At issue was testimony given during a sanity hearing in which Coleman was determined competent to stand trial in the 2010 stabbing death of Brian Dennis Spinks.

Coleman is charged in the incident where Spinks was pronounced dead at his Shreveport apartment from multiple stab wounds.

Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Dale Cox is prosecuting the case.

Jury selection will begin Monday. If convicted, Coleman faces life in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.






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