NEW ORLEANS - Two suspects in the videotaped beating of a man outside a Faubourg Marigny bar will be transferred to adult court after a juvenile court judge today agreed to upgraded charges requested by prosecutors.
Brian Ellis, 16, and and Freddie Carter, 15, will now be held on attempted second-degree murder charges, according to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office.
Assistant District Attorney Ralph Brandt requested an upgrade from the teen-agers’ previous charge of aggravated battery, which is not eligible for transfer to adult court.
Juvenile Court Judge Tammy Stewart granted prosecutors’ request at a court hearing Wednesday. The two suspects also face one count each of attempted simple robbery, but that charge can only be tried in juvenile court.
Judge Carter ordered each of the teens to be held on a $150,000 bond, payable in cash only. The high bond means it is unlikely that the suspects will be released before their next court hearing. The District Attorney now has 30 days to screen the case and determine what charges to bring to trial.
The 40-year-old victim was kicked and beaten with a wine bottle at the intersection of Chartres and Mandeville streets on Mar. 10. He sustained a skull fracture, a laceration that required 40 stitches and and other wounds which require facial reconstruction surgery.
Based on grainy images from a security camera, Ellis and Carter were identified by family members and surrendered to police on March 21. Police are still seeking a third suspect, who also is seen in the video but remains unidentified.