On September 1, 2004, Andrew “Naughty” Holmes was killed outside of the Park Royal Apartments in New Orleans. The state originally brought first degree murder charges against James LaCaze. On several different occasions in anticipation of and during the trial of Lacaze, Lloyd Burns, Jr. confessed to the killing. After a jury acquitted Lacaze of the killing, the state brought second degree murder charges against Lloyd Burns, Jr.
At the trial, the prosecution relied on Mr. Burns’ previous confessions. However, the defense argued that Mr. Burns had never committed the murder. Rather, he lied about committing the murder to cover for his friend LaCaze, who was accused of committing the crime. Thus, the defense concluded, Mr. Burns was a liar not a killer. In fact, the defense argued that the prosecution must have believed Burns was a liar because it tried to convict LaCaze. Further, Burns’ confessed involvement in the killing did not match the physical evidence left at the crime scene.