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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- A 15-year-old who was shot in the head by a Marigny homeowner last summer while trespassing faces additional burglary charges stemming from more alleged break-ins.

A house key left inside a mailbox in the 2000 block of Royal Street is how Marshall Coulter allegedly broke into a half shotgun last Friday.

The Marigny resident living at the address said his front door was unlocked and that is when he spotted the 15-year-old in the backyard.

The resident didn't want to go on-camera but tells Eyewitness News, Coulter gave him back his house key, didn't put up a fight, waited outside for police -- even offering the resident a cigarette.

The resident took a picture of Coulter while sitting with the teen and said the teen told him he wasn't in school because he'd been shot in the head, pointing to a scar. The resident says the 15-year-old didn't appear to be 'all there', possibly suffering from a brain injury.

You may remember the high-profile case: 33-year-old Merritt Landry still faces an attempted second-degree murder charge. The Marigny resident claims he felt threatened by the unarmed teen he discovered on his property last July before pulling the trigger.

Eyewitness News legal analyst Donald 'Chick' Foret said recent developments could change the outcome of Landry's pending case.

'If Mr. Landry is ever forced to go to trial, you will have serious evidentiary issues as to whether or not any of the alleged crimes of Mr. Coulter will be introduced to the jury,' said Foret.

The case is in the hands of the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office.

Coulter faces last Friday's simple burglary charge and now a new aggravated burglary charge stemming from a June 2012 alleged break-in. Police say the teen got into a scuffle with an armed resident in the 900 block of Frenchmen, grabbed the gun and ran away.

'It doesn't surprise me in thinking about what is available for this young man,' said Dennis Dillon, executive director of Boyz Town Louisiana, Inc. The organization tries to help vulnerable kids and families in New Orleans.

Dillon said Coulter is a prime example of a bigger problem plaguing the city.

'What does prevention look like, and then what does rehabilitation look likes?'Dillon said. 'We just have not answered a whole lot of those questions I think we need to find the answers to.'

Eyewitness News reached out to the Orleans Parish Public Defender's Office, which says the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights has been representing Coulter.

LCCR Executive Director Josh Perry said the center has no comment.

An attorney for Merritt Landry also declined to comment for our story.

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