BILOXI, Miss. — A Harrison County jury has convicted a Baton Rouge man of capital murder in the shooting death of an Arkansas businessman at the Isle of Capri casino in 2007.

The jury was back in court Saturday to determine a penalty for Weldon Leagea, who could be sentenced to death or life in prison.

Leagea and Chana Wells, both of Baton Rouge, had been charged in the death of Jim Johnson III, of Hot Springs, Ark. Johnson was found death in his Isle of Capri hotel room. Johnson was on a golfing vacation and when he failed to show up to play, hotel security was called.

Wells pleaded guilty earlier to armed robbery in the case and was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole.

Parole hearing in ’07 fatal wreck delayed

MONROE — A parole hearing for Aaron Eldridge, who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter in 2007, has been delayed.

The hearing was postponed because victims’ families were not notified in writing 30 days before Monday’s hearing, according to the Louisiana Probation and Parole Office.

Eldridge was sentenced to two concurrent 12-year terms for vehicular homicide in the December 2006 deaths of Will May, of Luna, and Mica Lightsey, of Monroe.

Several hospitalized after SUV overturns

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RAMAH — Several people were taken to a Lafayette hospital Saturday after their SUV overturned on westbound Interstate 10 over the Atchafalaya Basin, a State Police spokesman said.

The SUV crash occurred close to the midpoint of the bridge, Trooper Nick Manale said.

Some of the passengers were taken by Air-Med, Manale said. The most seriously injured person was listed as moderate, but Manale said that could change as more information becomes available.

The Ford Expedition was carrying 10 passengers, some of whom were children, Manale said. He did not have the names of the people involved.