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Convicted killer in 1994 murder of 82-year-old woman due back in court Friday

(Source: Family of Rita Rabalais)
(Source: Family of Rita Rabalais)(KALB)
Published: Jul. 26, 2018 at 10:30 AM CDT
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Daveon McCullough, one of nine people charged in connection with the October 1994 murder of Rita Rabalais, 82, is due back in court on Friday for a hearing leading up to a fall hearing to determine if he will be eligible for parole after being sentenced to life in prison in 1999.

McCullough was 17 years old at the time of the crime. Rabalais was discovered beaten and stabbed to death in her home on Kelly Street in Alexandria. According to prosecutors, her death was part of a gang initiation.

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that inmates sentenced to life as juveniles must be given a meaningful chance at parole. And, in 2016, the decision became retroactive.

Since then, the family of Rabalais has been fighting to keep McCullough behind bars for good by insisting on a Miller hearing which prevents the "worst of the worst" from getting out. That hearing is set for the end of the year.

In the meantime, several motions related to that case will be heard before Judge Patricia Koch on Friday. Those motions include determining a source of funds, a motion to exclude victim impact evidence, a motion to require the state to provide notice of aggravating factors, and motions related to the Indigent Defender Board.

Catherine Davidson is overseeing the case for the state. Davidson, who recently announced her run for mayor of Alexandria, will see Friday's hearing through before she is required to leave her position as an attorney for the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office as a requirement of her run.

McCullough is being represented by Mummi Ibrahim out of New Orleans.