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Charge reduced in Rayville officer death

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RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Richland Parish District Attorney Mack Lancaster has agreed to reduce the charge from first-degree to second-degree murder for a Monroe man accused in connection with the death of a Rayville police officer.

Anthony Oatis pleaded not guilty to the new charge during a hearing Wednesday, and a trial date was set.

Oatis was one of three men arrested in connection with the death of K-9 Sgt. Thomas Alexander in September 2010.

Alexander was shot and killed while responding to a burglary-in-progress call in Richland Parish.

Oatis has been granted a change of venue for the trial which is set for May 5. The jury will be chosen in Ouachita Parish and the trial will either be held in Ouachita or Richland Parish.

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