Hearing delayed on Prince evidence

CROWLEY - A hearing on the state’s motion to introduce evidence of alleged previous crimes by Daniel Prince in his double-murder trial was delayed Monday.

Judge Kristian Earles of the 15th Judicial District re-scheduled the hearing for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 20.

Prince, 34, is accused of the January 2005 killings of Jackie Campbell and Angie Motte.

He allegedly murdered them at their Branch home and is set for trial in August.

The case is a victims’ rights case and family members of each victim were in Earles’ courtroom for the scheduled hearing Monday.

Monday was also trial docket day in Earles’ court, with a number of pending criminal cases scheduled to be heard or pleaded out.

Evidently, the court felt it better to delay the matter than have interested parties wait in the courtroom for an indeterminate amount of time.

The state claims the information it wants to use at trial will assist in building its case. Two Lafayette Parish deputies have been subpoenaed for the hearing.

According to Assistant DA Roger Hamilton, Jr.’s motion, “The state intends to offer into evidence at the trial evidence of other crimes, wrongs and/or integral acts, to wit:

“On or about Dec. 22, 2004, the accused committed the offense of theft of a vehicle in Vermilion Parish on victim Exxon Mobil, used to show proof of motive, opportunity, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, identity and absence of mistake or accident,” the motion reads.

Prince, also known as Daniel Bernard, was arrested by Acadia authorities in 2007 after allegedly bragging to fellow inmates about the murders and was indicted in October 2007.

He is represented by Burleigh Doga of Crowley and Louis Garrot of Abbeville.

They have asked Earles to inspect Prince’s records from the Department of Corrections and the Department of Social Services and share with them any matters he finds relevant to the case.

Earles in February granted a defense motion asking the records be produced after the defense asserted they could have a bearing on the case if there is evidence of abuse or mistreatment during Prince’s childhood.

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