Hearing for man who killed two and injured three held in Opelousas

OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) – A hearing for Harrison Riley took place in Opelousas this morning.

According to investigators, Riley stabbed 41-year-old Shameka Johnson to death as well as shooting and killing Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson in August of 2015.

Riley also stabbed Shameka’s sister Surlay, her mother Jacqueline, and his own wife Courtney.

Police pursuit of Riley ended when he crashed his car into a mini mart in Opelousas.

In February of 2016, Riley pleaded guilty to

Today’s hearing involved Riley trying to get all four counts dropped, claiming he had ineffective legal counsel.  move that does not sit right according to Grand Coteau Mayor Shaterral Johnson, who was sisters with Shameka.

The move did not sit right according to Grand Coteau Mayor Shaterral Johnson, who was sisters with Shameka.

“It’s just kind of upsetting, but it is a process. However long it takes as long as God keeps me alive, I will make sure I get to every court hearing and be that voice for my sister,” says Mayor Johnson.

Riley is currently serving two life sentences and 100 years in prison.

Note: This story has been corrected to show that Riley was trying to get his two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder dropped due to ineffective counsel rather than Riley trying to get dropped four counts of ineffective counsel

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