Recusal of Carter argued in Wilkins murder case

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -It's been six years since the stabbing death of Tony Fontenot-- yet the case against the man accused of his murder seems to be bogged down in a quagmire of legal wrangling.

Robert Wilkins is charged with second degree murder and has opted for a trial by judge.

The Calcasieu District Attorney's office has been going round and round with the defense over whether Judge Wilford Carter should be taken off the case.

And now it's up to Judge Robert Wyatt.

Prosecutors argue Carter is biased against the state while the defense disputes that.

Wyatt refused to close today's recusal hearing as requested by the DA's office. Prosecutors said testimony would, in part, deal with complaints against Carter and should remain confidential.

The testimony dealing with complaints to the state judiciary commission revealed no indication Carter was ever disciplined or sanctioned as a result of the complaints.

Wyatt heard arguments on the recusal issue from both sides and is expected to issue a ruling in the next couple of months.

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