A convicted SWLA murderer and pedophile could be released from prison after an appeal heard by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans.

In 1992 Ricky Langley confessed to strangling and killing 6 year old Jeremy Guillory of Iowa and hiding him in his closet.

SWLA is at an uproar after learning that he's up for an appeal of his case and that there's a possibility that Langley could be set free.  Last May, a Federal court ruling allowed for the opportunity for Langley to be released at some point during his sentence.

The Louisiana Attorney General and the state of Texas have joined Calcasieu Parish D.A. John DeRosier in the fight to keep Langley behind bars for the rest of his life.  The D.A.'s office has also hired attorney Jeff Harris from Washington D.C., he's a specialist in arguing cases before federal courts.

Langley was acquitted of first degree murder in his second trial.  Here's where it gets tricky, during this appeal, if the court finds that the jury of that trial believed he lacked the specific intent to kill, the judge says that by the law he can't be convicted of second degree murder either.

If Langley wins the appeal, the state will develop a new strategy to keep this admitted child killer and pedophile in prison.