Attorneys working on Jefferson Parish’s first capital murder case in almost a decade met with a judge briefly in 24th Judicial District Court on Monday, setting their next meeting for July 27.

Matthew Flugence, who could face the death penalty if convicted, is accused of raping and murdering 6-year-old Ahlittia North in 2013. The girl’s body was found in a garbage can near her Woodmere home.

First-degree murder cases are more expensive and time consuming to defend and prosecute than second-degree murder cases, which carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison without chance for parole, probation or suspended sentence.

Monday’s status hearing was largely a formality, and it is unclear when the case could go to trial. The case will be heard by Judge Adrian Adams.

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