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Posted on 05/03/2014 11:38:08 AM PDT by BBell
A 15-year-old who survived being shot in the head last July by a Marigny homeowner was arrested Friday (May 2) in a residential burglary in the Marigny, according to two law enforcement officials. Marshall Coulter was shot last July by homeowner Merritt Landry, who later told police he believed the teen was breaking into his home.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the investigation.
They said Coulter was detained Friday afternoon by 8th District detectives after a resident in the 2000 block of Royal Street reported a burglary of their home. It was not immediately clear how police linked him to the crime.
New Orleans police spokesman Officer Frank Robertson III said officers detained a 15-year-old boy around 3:45 p.m. and booked him on a simple burglary charge. He said the investigation was ongoing and that no more information would be forthcoming. No court or jail records were available in the case.
The Coulter family could not immediately be reached. A former neighbor said they moved in recent months.
Coulter was left with serious injuries after the shooting, his family has said. Coulter was still undergoing surgeries, including the removal of part of his skull, in December, his mother told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune at the time. She said her son had trouble walking, talking and eating.
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I thought this kid was still in the hospital on life support.
Obviously the result of behavioral changes brought on by his head injury.
Before that, he had been an aspiring rapper.
Sometimes one bullet just isn’t enough.....
The kid is hard headed in more ways then one.
This proves Bammy’s Boyz are multi-trial learners.
It further proves the brain is not a vital organ in the NOLA Urban Feral population.
The legality of this shooting is open to question, as is whether there was an immediate danger that justified deadly force, but I could not vote to convict on any serious felony. I’m glad that the world has one less criminal harming the innocent, thanks to this shooting.
She said her son had trouble walking, talking and eating.
but no trouble committing crimes...
oh thank goodness....
do I really need the /s ???
“She said her son had trouble walking, talking and eating.
but no trouble committing crimes...”
That sounds like the obamas to me.
Could it be that he showed up at the hospital with a bullet in his head?
Orleans grand jury takes no action in Merritt Landry shooting - 3/1/14
BY JOHN SIMERMAN
Theres an old adage in criminal justice circles: A good prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich.
Merritt Landry, it seems, is no ham sandwich.
An Orleans Parish grand jury ended its six-month tenure Thursday by taking no action in the controversial case of the 33-year-old Marigny homeowner who last July shot Marshall Coulter, a 14-year-old boy who had hopped over Landrys gate and into his yard.
The grand jury had been hearing evidence against Landry in the shooting over several months. Landry was booked two days after the early-morning incident on suspicion of attempted murder. He appeared last week at the criminal courthouse with his lawyers, drawing speculation that Landry had voluntarily appeared before the grand jury.
The grand jurys deliberations are secret under state law, and neither Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaros office nor Landrys attorneys would say whether he in fact testified.
A spokesman said Cannizzaro was disappointed at the failure of the required nine out of 12 grand jury members to agree on an indictable offense in the July 26 shooting.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman said Cannizzaro is weighing his options on what to do next. He could bring the case before a new, incoming grand jury, charge Landry in a bill of information or decline to pursue charges against him.
At this point we consider this to be a very open investigation, Bowman said, declining to explain why the case went before the grand jury in the first place. But Bowman insisted that Cannizzaro was not trying to shirk a political hot potato by taking the case before the grand jury instead of simply charging Landry directly.
With their subpoena powers, grand juries can be powerful investigative tools. They also can serve to give prosecutors a better inkling about how trial jurors might think about a case. Even so, only aggravated crimes must first get the nod from a grand jury to move forward.
When they do try, prosecutors rarely fail to secure an indictment. It has occurred only a few times in Cannizzaros five years in office.
It has not happened often that we have attempted to obtain an indictment and could not obtain it, Bowman said. We feel as though we presented a strong case. Its disappointing nine members couldnt agree.
Landry, an inspector for the citys Historic District Landmarks Commission, hails from a family of prominent St. Bernard Parish officials. He was freed on bail not long after his arrest and returned to work in late November.
Landry did not appear in court on Thursday. His attorneys, Kevin Boshea and Roger Jordan, declined to comment on the turn of events, citing grand jury secrecy as they left the courthouse Thursday, seven months and a day after Landry shot Coulter in the head, seriously injuring the teenager.
The incident sparked community outrage - on one side from supporters and neighbors angry over Landrys arrest for shooting an intruder on his property, and on the other from people who doubted Landry had a justifiable reason for firing at Coulter.
After an investigation, New Orleans police concluded Landry fired on the boy from about 30 feet away. Coulter was unarmed and not posing an imminent threat, according to police.
The arrest inspired a campaign on Landrys behalf and a defense fund. Supporters argue that Landry was protecting his home and his then-pregnant wife. She was due to give birth in days.
Coulter has undergone a series of hospital procedures after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. In the meantime, Cannizzaro had said he would present evidence in the case to a grand jury. Bowman blamed scheduling problems with witnesses for delays in that process.
Tulane University law professor Pam Metzger called the lack of an indictment from the grand jury very bizarre, considering that prosecutors hold an overwhelming advantage in those proceedings. Lawyers for a defendant are not allowed in the grand jury room, much less permitted to present their side of the story while the citizen panel decides whether probable cause exists to indict.
Probable cause is an incredibly low standard. One message may be, they dont have enough evidence, or they didnt present their evidence well, Metzger said.
Occasionally, runaway grand juries will simply filibuster cases they dont like, but that doesnt seem to be the story in Landrys case, Metzger said. If Landry did in fact testify, she said, it would stand as a bold legal gambit.
He may have persuaded them not to indict, she said. It certainly would offer an explanation. Its easier to indict somebody when youve never looked them in the eye.
He is 15. He will be released in three years at most.
I would suggest they drop the charges at the first sign of a hurricane approaching.
He probably won’t do any time. Probation at the most.
If it wasn’t for all the B.S. surrounding the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin trial I don’t believe charges would have ever been filed. It’s all political.
Her son had trouble walking, talking and eating...but not committing a crime.
I’ve heard a little rap ‘music’. I think he could still be a star!