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Conrad Blanchard lay on the floor of a 6th Ward home late Lundi Gras 2012, his face and clothes bloodied after a savage beating.

Blanchard's roommate, Mark Luzzo, said he wrapped his friend in a blanket, put a space heater next to him and said he would see him in the morning. But Blanchard never woke up, dying from a lacerated spleen, an autopsy found.

A day after Blanchard was discovered, Luzzo told a reporter that neighborhood kids beat his longtime friend. But a week later, police arrested Luzzo and booked him with second-degree murder.

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