Unanimous verdict will not be required for Clarkson - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Unanimous verdict will not be required for Clarkson

Terry Clarkson (Source: BPSO) Terry Clarkson (Source: BPSO)

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Beauregard Parish Judge Kerry Anderson has ruled that a unanimous verdict will not be required in the Terry Clarkson trial.

Anderson made this decision even though he stopped short of calling the Clarkson case a non-capital case.

To call it non-capital, Anderson said, would be inconsistent with an earlier state supreme court ruling that said the state had 3 years to commence trial, because it was first billed as a capital case (in a non-capital case the state has 2 years to commence trial).

The defense attorney said he will not seek an immediate review by a higher court so opening statements will go underway Monday.

Clarkson is accused of killing and robbing John Mayeux back in 2007.

Watch later editions of 7News and check kplctv.com for more on this story.

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