Two Baton Rouge men were indicted Wednesday in the October slaying of a Honduran man during a holdup on his front porch.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged James Fitzgerald Mills Jr., 8773 Old Hermitage Parkway, and Jordan Derrell Harris, 1445 Jasper Ave., both 18, with second-degree murder in the Oct. 5 shooting death of Hancy Sanchez, 24.
Mills is the suspected shooter, but he has denied shooting Sanchez, authorities have said. Harris was 17 at the time.
Sanchez was standing on his porch at the corner of Staring Lane and Bayou Fountain Avenue near Burbank Drive, about to smoke a cigarette about 11:40 p.m., when two men walked up and asked to borrow his cellphone, according to arrest documents.
Sanchez handed the phone to them, but when one of the men asked for the password to access the phone, Sanchez tried to take back the device, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said, which is when one of the robbers shot him in the head. The two men ran away.
Harris told investigators that he and Mills planned the robbery, but that he ran when Mills shot Sanchez, an arrest affidavit says.
Mills told investigators that he was at Sanchez’s house when the shooting happened, but denied shooting him, according to arrest documents. He provided investigators with the names of several different people who, he said, robbed and shot Sanchez.
Mills and Harris remain in custody.
The case has been assigned to state District Judge Bonnie Jackson.