NEW ORLEANS—An Orleans Parish prosecutor has been jailed for contempt after he refused to submit a written response to defense motions in a high-profile capital murder case.
State District Judge Lynda Van Davis on Friday ordered John Alford, an assistant district attorney, to spend 24 hours in jail in a case involving 23-year-old Michael Anderson. Bond was set at $100,000.
Van Davis handed down the contempt order after repeated orders to Alford's office to comply with instructions from a May 20 hearing went unanswered.
Chris Bowman, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, says they're appealing both the contempt citation and the bond with the state's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.
Anderson was convicted and sentenced to death last year on five counts of first-degree murder for the 2006 slayings of five teenagers. Van Davis ordered a new trial after finding that prosecutors improperly withheld evidence from the defense.
Anderson's new trial is set for Aug. 2.