Judge rules state can't use some photos in Ebony Sonnier triple murder trial

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A Rapides Parish judge has ruled that the state cannot call a Bossier Parish Sheriff's captain to testify about Ebony Sonnier's cellphone location at her trial this week.

Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Mary Lauve Doggett also ruled Friday that 14 photographs the state had intended to introduce are inadmissible as evidence.

Sonnier, who faces two counts of first-degree murder in an October 2017 homicide case, is set for trial this week.

She also faces one felony count of being an accessory after the fact and two felony counts of obstruction of justice in the Oct. 18, 2017, deaths of Jeremy Deon Norris, 28; Kendrick Dwann Horn, 33; and Latish Renee White, 42.

Her brother, Matthew Sonnier, accepted a plea bargain in February that sent him to prison for three life terms. Both siblings had faced the death penalty before his plea bargain.

Ebony Sonnier's defense team had filed motions asking Doggett to rule against the use of crime scene photos they believed would prejudice the jury against their client. While Doggett ruled that 14 would be inadmissible, she wrote the remaining photos from the prosecution can be introduced.

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Doggett also granted the defense's motion to bar the captain's testimony and an accompanying video about Sonnier's cellphone location on the day of the killings, ruling the state's notice "was outside the time limitations provided by law and this court's case management order."

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday morning.

This article originally appeared on Alexandria Town Talk: Some photos, testimony ruled out in Ebony Sonnier triple murder trial