Robert Coleman sentenced to death for murder of Blanchard minister

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Twice-convicted killer Robert Glen Coleman has been sentenced to death by lethal injection for the murder of 70-year-old retired minister Julian Brandon.

Brandon was shot and stabbed to death on New Years Day 2003 after answering a knock on the door. Brandon's wife, Alice, was shot and survived, but never fully recovered. She died five years later.

Coleman and his girlfriend Brandy Holmes were each convicted once before in 2005 of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Coleman's conviction was overturned in 2007 by the Louisiana Supreme Court, which agreed that his rights were violated by prosecutors when they dismissed a black juror from the trial on racial grounds.

In December 2008, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld Holmes' conviction and death sentence in a 5-2 ruling.

In February, Coleman was found guilty for a second time by a Caddo Parish jury, which then recommended the death penalty.

Following that recommendation, Coleman's defense team asked the judge for yet another trial. On Thursday, Caddo District Court Judge Mike Pittman denied that request.

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