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Attorney: Police wouldn’t arrest wanted man who lacked ID

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man wanted on a second-degree murder change spent nearly an hour pleading with New Orleans police to arrest him before they actually did.

The New Orleans Advocate reports 25-year-old Frank Sams Jr. hoped to start the process of fighting the murder charge but lawyer Kelly Orians says deputies on Wednesday refused to process Sams because he didn’t have a state ID.

The impasse ended after Orians produced a copy of a news article featuring Sams’ picture and noting that he was wanted for second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a gas station clerk in September.

Sams is being held on $500,000 bail.

The Sheriff’s Office’s general counsel says it’s unusual for someone to surrender directly to jail on a murder warrant, rather than through homicide detectives.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com

Associated Press

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