Judge grants man accused of killing LPD officer more time to decide on insanity defense

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LAFAYETTE, La. (Ashley White/The Advertiser)- The man accused of fatally shooting a Lafayette Police officer and wounding three other people will have more time to consider whether he wants to file a plea of guilty by reason of insanity. 

Judge Jules Edwards III, who presides over the 16th Judicial Circuit, offered Ian Howard and his defense attorneys until Jan. 2 to make a decision. Last Thursday was the initial deadline.

The 29-year-old is facing a first-degree murder charge, accused of killing police Cpl. Michael Middlebrook on Oct. 1, 2017.

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