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Triple murder delayed again

Triple murder delayed again

The first-degree murder trial for a man accused of stabbing a Lockport woman and her two young daughters has been delayed for the fifth time.

David Brown, 38, of Houma, is now set for trial Sept. 12 through Oct. 21. He is charged in the Nov. 4, 2012, deaths of 29-year-old Jacquelin Nieves and her daughters, 7-year-old Gabriela and 1-year-old Izabela.

Brown is also accused of raping Jacquelin and Gabriela Nieves and setting the family's apartment on fire. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

First Assistant District Attorney Kristine Russell said the prosecution and defense asked for this continuance because of new reports from Brown's attorneys and to allow time for possible medical examinations of Brown.

According to the Daily Comet, the trial was originally set for March 10, 2014, but continued four times for reasons including the defense's lack of money for expert witnesses, a change in judge after the original retired and crime lab issues. Most recently it was scheduled for April 4.