NEW ORLEANS — A hearing for two teenagers booked in the Garden District rape case has been delayed until Wednesday.
The 15-year-old and 16-year-old suspects are booked with kidnapping, battery, rape and robbery.
Their alleged accomplice, 18-year-old Christopher Davis, was booked as an adult in state court. He is being held in Orleans Parish jail in lieu of a $1.5 million bond.
Today's probable cause hearing was pushed back because an appeals court issued a temporary stay in the case. The juvenile public defenders group had sought the appeal, arguing that ad hoc Judge Amy Kern had incorrectly appointed an attorney for one of the teens.
The probable cause hearing is now scheduled for noon Wednesday.
If the judge finds cause, the two teens will be put in the custody of the sheriff and the matter moved from juvenile to state court. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has indicated he intends to try the teens as adults.
The victim was abducted from the 1200 block of Eighth Street at gunpoint and driven around. She was sexually assaulted before being brought back to the neighborhood and let out, though not before the assailants robbed her. They also stole her car.
The silver Honda Accord was found abandoned in the 800 block of North Dorgenois by a police officer around 7 a.m.
Tips from Crimestoppers flowed in and an NOPD special task force was assigned to the area.
Eventually, the 15-year-old suspect turned himself in after his family saw his picture on television.
NOPD Police Chief Ronal Serpas said the break in the case happened when the 15-year-old suspect's family saw a surveillance image of him through local media.
"This was a ruthless, treacherous, cruel, violent attack, but I cannot tell you how grateful I am to the family of this young man who turned himself in this morning. His family saw his picture. His family brought him in today to be held accountable for his crimes. That is how we can turn the tide on crime in this city," Serpas said.
The suspect confessed to the crime, according to Serpas.
Serpas said the 15-year-old suspect has a “very minor” criminal record and called the incident a “crime of opportunity.”