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Man convicted denied new trial

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A judge has ruled that a 46-year-old homeless man convicted in the death of an 86-year-old Lafayette woman will not get a new trial.

A jury last month found Willie Robertson guilty in Irene Schoofs' October 1999 death. He requested a new trial on various grounds, including ineffective assistance of counsel, not being afforded a fingerprint expert for his defense and not being told he could have a bench trial.

State District Judge Glennon Everett on Monday rejected the motion.

Eric Neumann, Robertson's court-appointed attorney, said Tuesday he hadn't seen the document and declined comment.

Court records say Schoofs suffered a fatal heart attack when she returned from a store to find a man burglarizing her home.

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