Stay issued in execution of convicted serial killer

Staff Report
Daniel Blank

The Louisiana Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution for convicted serial killer, Daniel Blank – known as the River Parishes serial killer.

     The execution was scheduled for March 14, 2016.  However, the La. Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections, the dept. does not have in its possession the drug(s) necessary to execute Blank.  

     “The department has a protocol to follow as it relates to executing a death warrant.  In the case of Offender Daniel Blank, it is our intention to proceed with that protocol until legal actions dictate otherwise. Due to ongoing death penalty litigation, the Department cannot comment any further regarding this issue."

     In November 1997, Blank, 54, formerly of St. James Parish, admitted during a 12-hour videotaped interview with investigators that he killed six people in Gonzales, St. Amant, LaPlace and Paulina between Oct. 27, 1996, and his arrest on Nov. 14, 1997. Blank also admitted to murder attempts on Gonzales couple Leonce and Joyce Millet.