Judge allows Marigny man who shot 14-year-old to stay out on bond



Posted on July 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 6:13 AM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Merritt Landry was back in court on Tuesday after the filing of his original bond was being questioned.

"Mr. Landry is not a flight risk. He has every intention of staying put to fight these charges," said attorney Michael Kennedy.

Inside Orleans Parish Criminal District Court on Tuesday afternoon, Landry and his attorney waited for Judge Franz Zibilich to rule on whether or not the 33-year-old would return to the Orleans Parish Prison.

"This was obviously traumatic for him. He's doing as well as can be expected. He has his up and downs and no one can expect more from him at this point," said Kennedy, addressing the media outside the court house.

Landry is accused of shooting 14-year-old Marshall Coulter last Friday morning. The Marigny homeowner tells police that the teen was standing by his car when he allegedly felt threatened, firing one shot and hitting Coulter in the head.

The NOPD says evidence and interviews collected at the scene is why Landry faces an attempted second-degree murder charge.

His attorney had until Tuesday to file the correct paperwork to support the bond that was posted on Friday and questioned by the district attorney's office. Zibilich eventually ruled that Landry can remain free on bond.

"It was an error. It was an error and it was corrected as we knew it would be," said Kennedy.

Landry's bond was preset for $100,000. He's due back in court on Aug. 1 for his status hearing.