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Man gets life for 1995 Louisiana cab driver’s death

December 13, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man who spent more than 20 years on death row for killing a Louisiana cab driver has been sentenced to life in prison after a new trial.

News outlets reported a Jefferson Parish judge sentenced 41-year-old Teddy Chester to life in prison Wednesday for the shooting of Metairie taxi driver John Adams.

Chester had been sentenced to die for the original first-degree murder conviction. A federal court ordered a new trial because of mistakes by his original attorney.

Chester was convicted of second-degree murder in the trial that ended Nov. 5.

Adams was shot in the back of the head in 1995 after he was dispatched on a call in Metairie.

Chester’s co-defendant, 48-year-old Elbert Radcliff, is serving a life sentence for his second-degree murder conviction in Adams’ death.

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