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Conviction reinstated in 2008 N.O. East hit-man case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has reinstated the second-degree murder conviction and life sentence of a man found guilty of ordering a hit in 2008.
    
Samuel Mack, 41, was convicted of ordering the killing of 31-year-old Mark Westbrook after Westbrook argued with a friend of Mack's outside Lucky's bar in the 8300 block of Chef Mentuer Highway.

Witnesses said Mack tried to intervene but Westbrook told him to stop. One witness said Mack threatened Westbrook. Another said Mack ultimately told Westbrook he had "no beef" with him.

Westbrook was executed around the corner from Lucky's approximately 30 minutes later.  At the 2011 trial of Mack, prosecutors presented detailed cell phone records that they said proved that Mack called the gunman and ordered the hit.

A state appeal court said too little evidence supported the conviction. But the unsigned Supreme Court opinion issued May 7 said the threats and "web of calls" were sufficient. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson dissented.

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