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Co-sponsored by the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society

Death Over A Diamond Stud:
The Assassination of the Orleans Parish District Attorney


Presented by Christopher G. Peña
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Louisiana Supreme Court

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Reception & Book Signing
1st Floor Foyer/Historical Society Gift Shop
400 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

One Hour CLE

On Wednesday, November 28, the Law Library of Louisiana and the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society will co-sponsor a free CLE Program at the Louisiana Supreme Court.  Author Christopher G. Peña will discuss his recently published book, Death Over A Diamond Stud: The Assassination of the Orleans Parish District Attorney. The gripping true story of the first judicial murder of the 20th century is delivered in stunning detail, from the crooks and crevices of the city streets and courthouses, to the very fibers of the hangman’s noose. The murder of the newly elected District Attorney J. Ward Gurley sent shock waves through the city of New Orleans, and the journey of Lewis Lyons from working family man to the cold-blooded killer of his own attorney is a heartbreaking saga that begins with a tragic miscarriage of justice concerning a stolen diamond stud.  Following the program, books will be available in the Historical Society’s first floor gift shop for purchase and signing by the author.


Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, writer and researcher Christopher G. Peña is a leading historian of Southeast Louisiana Civil War history. In addition to authoring numerous essays and articles on the history of the Pelican State, Peña has published several books exploring various Louisiana historical sites, events, and figures. He received his Bachelor of Arts in both theatre and history from Nicholls State University and continued on to earn a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. Peña is a retired associate professor of nursing at Nicholls State University, where he taught nursing for several decades. Peña is a cousin to Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John L. Weimer and currently lives with his family in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Email CLE@lasc.org to reserve a seat. If you have questions, please contact Miriam Childs via email at mchilds@lasc.org or phone (504) 310-2403.

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