A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday rejected a request for a new trial by Adam Littleton, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a Bourbon Street dancer who jumped from his car on Interstate 10 in 2015.
Littleton's lawyer, Paul Barker, argued last month that jurors should have been told that Stephanie Walker, a key trial witness, was wanted on two separate felonies in Texas when she testified during the trial in July. That information, he said, could have been used to impeach her credibility.
In his ruling, however, 24th Judicial District Judge Lee Faulkner noted that Walker had an extensive rap sheet with arrests and convictions that prosecutors had turned over to the defense before the trial. He said he went back and listened to a recording of Walker's testimony before making his decision.
"I did not hear one question asked of the witness relative to her convictions," he said.
Faulkner said it was not persuasive to argue the defense would have used the two warrants in question to weaken Walker's credibility when it didn’t attempt to do so based on any of her known arrests and convictions.
Prosecutors with District Attorney Paul Connick's office had said they were not aware of those warrants before the trial. Walker herself testified last month that she wasn't aware she had the outstanding warrants.
Faulkner also rejected several other arguments for a new trial, and Barker indicated he plans to appeal the judge's decision. Barker then waived sentencing delays, and Littleton, 26, was sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole, probation or suspended sentence.
The jury found Littleton was criminally liable for the death of Jasilas Wright because she jumped from his car in the early morning hours of June 10, 2015, while he was taking her to Houston against her will. Littleton had been acting as Wright's pimp, and a witness testified the two argued outside the strip club where she worked before Littleton forced her into his car.
Walker, who was the girlfriend of Littleton's brother, testified she heard Littleton say he saw Wright get struck by another vehicle when she got out of his car on I-10 in Metairie and that he did not call the police because he had forced her into the car.