A judge Tuesday set a Sept. 16 trial date for a teenager and another man accused in an alleged drug deal-turned-robbery last year that resulted in a shooting that paralyzed the son of East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman Chandler Loupe.
Tyler Coleman, 17, and Terrance Thornton, 20, both of Baton Rouge, are charged with one count each of attempted second-degree murder and three counts each of armed robbery.
State District Judge Lou Daniel refused Tuesday to reduce Coleman’s $400,000 bond. The judge also let Thornton’s $225,000 bond stand. Both defendants remain in custody.
“It’s time to go ahead and try the case,” said Bruce Craft, who represents Coleman, the alleged shooter. “My client has been in jail since Feb. 6, 2012. He maintains his innocence.”
In November, Daniel found probable cause against Coleman in the armed robbery and attempted second-degree murder of Thomas Loupe, and in the attempted armed robbery of two other teenagers with Loupe on Feb. 3, 2012, in the Mayfair subdivision.
Daniel also found probable cause against Thornton in the armed robbery of Loupe and in the attempted armed robbery of the two other teens, but no probable cause against him in the attempted second-degree murder of Loupe.
East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney David deBlieux has said the state has no intention of dismissing any charges in the case.
Coleman and Thornton were 16 and 18, respectively, at the time of the incident; Loupe was 15.
Loupe was shot in the chest after he and two teen acquaintances — one 15 and one 17 — attempted to buy marijuana in the 1600 block of Mary Lou Drive, police have said. Court documents allege Coleman and Thornton planned to rob the trio. The 17-year-old was driving the car in which Loupe and the other 15-year-old were passengers. Loupe was in the back seat.
The 15-year-old, who was not injured in the incident, was booked on a count of attempted possession of marijuana.
The three teens initially told police they were cutting through the Mayfair area when Loupe was struck by a stray bullet, police detectives have testified previously. Later, they acknowledged driving to the area to buy marijuana, the detectives said.
A lawsuit filed by Loupe’s parents in February contends Loupe asked the driver not to stop the car on Mary Lou Drive that evening, and not to let Coleman and Thornton into the car, but both requests were disregarded.