The man accused of killing his girlfriend's stepfather and a Baton Rouge police officer in April is now set to be arraigned next week on first-degree murder charges.

Ronnie Kato's scheduled arraignment last week was postponed after Hurricane Delta forced the closure Friday of the 19th Judicial District Courthouse.

State District Judge Richard Anderson on Tuesday reset Kato's arraignment for Oct. 23. The arraignment was previously delayed over issues involving his legal representation.

Kato, 36, of Baton Rouge, is accused in the shooting deaths of Lt. Glenn Hutto Jr., 45, and Curtis Richardson, 58. Prosecutors may seek Kato's execution if he is convicted as charged.

Authorities say Kato killed Richardson — his girlfriend’s stepfather — during a domestic dispute on North Pamela Drive on April 26. He’s believed to have fatally shot Hutto several hours later while police were searching for Kato at a home on Conrad Drive.

Kato also allegedly shot Cpl. Derrick Maglone in the police encounter. Maglone was critically injured but released from the hospital May 7.

A detective previously testified that Kato ambushed the officers with an assault-style rifle as they searched for him in the backyard.


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