Man accused of shooting unarmed teen remains free on bond

Man accused of shooting unarmed teen remains free on bond
Photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 1:14pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 5:19pm

UPDATE: The judge ruled that Merritt Landry can remain free on bond.


ORIGINAL: A judge is currently reviewing whether the man accused of shooting an unarmed 14-year-old boy in the head will return to jail.

“There is a process that exits, and it was ignored,” a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office told NBC affiliate WDSU.

Merritt Landry, 33, was arrested for Attempted Second-Degree Murder on Friday, July 26. He’s accused of shooting Marshall Coulter in the head after he caught him in his fenced in yard at 2:00 a.m.

Landry told investigators that he shot the teen because he thought he was attempting to break into his home. However, investigators did not find sufficient evidence at the scene to suggest that he was in any imminent danger.

Landry was arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Prison. His bond was set at $100,000 and he posted that on the same day of his arrest.

The District Attorney’s Office claims that the property bond Landry utilized was not properly completed. A judge gave Landry until Tuesday, July 30 to have it completed.

Landry submitted documents to the court earlier today. The judge will review them and rule at 3:00 p.m. regarding the possible revocation of Landry’s bond.

Coulter remains in the hospital in critical condition.

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