Louisiana man faces fall murder trial in Indiana

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PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) — A Louisiana man charged with murder after autopsy evidence contradicted an eyewitness account in an Indiana man’s death faces a November trial in that killing.

A Gibson County judge set a Nov. 17 trial date Wednesday for 53-year-old Claude G. Arender. The Coushatta, Louisiana man remains jailed without bond in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Raheim Bright of Vincennes.

Prosecutors say Arender’s son initially told police a gun discharged when Arender struck Bright in the head with it several times June 20 during a fight outside a Princeton home. But an autopsy found Bright died from a single gunshot to the rear of his head and the cause of death was homicide.

The Princeton Daily Clarion reports Arender faces both murder and manslaughter charges in Bright’s slaying.

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