MARKSVILLE — New attorneys for Vincent Simmons will present fresh evidence they claim shows the 1977 rapes he's serving 100 years at Angola for never happened when the case goes back to court in February 2021.

Motions filed by Simmons and two other attorneys through the years have not been successful in reopening the case.

Alexandria attorney Ed Larvadain Jr. and Justin Bonus, an attorney from New York state, filed on Tuesday the motion for post-conviction relief and an accompanying memorandum supporting it with the 12th Judicial District Court, where Simmons was convicted after a two-day trial in July 1977.

A hearing date has been set for Feb. 17, 2021, said Bonus.

There is also a petition "Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards: Wrongfully Imprisoned Since 1977" on line. Are you willing to help us by adding your name? Our goal is to reach 100 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

Simmons had been indicted on rape charges, but those were amended later to the lesser charge of attempted aggravated rape. He was found guilty of two counts of attempted aggravated rape and sentenced to 50 years on each count, to be served consecutively, at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

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