NEWORLEANS- An Orleans Parish grand jury has ended its six-month term without taking any action against a Marigny homeowner who shot an unarmed, teenage intruder in July of last year.
Merritt Landry, a city employee, initially was arrested by police and booked on an attempted second-degree murder charge following the shooting of 14-year-old Marshall Coulter in July 2013.
A spokesman for the district attorney's office said the case remains open, though the office is disappointed that a decision to indict Landry wasn't made.
Landry told police that he found Coulter in his side yard near his car in the early morning hours. He said he was concerned about his safety and the safety of his wife and child who were inside the home. Landry said he fired one shot and hit Coulter in the head.
The shooting the left the teenager, who was seen by a neighbor on surveillance video climbing a fence to get into Landry's yard on Mandeville Street, with severe brain damage.