A 22-year-old man accused in last weekend’s gunfight that claimed the lives of two 19-year-old Southern University students was ordered held without bail Friday by a Baton Rouge state judge who a day earlier ordered the suspect to be taken back into custody.
Ernest Bernard Felton, a part-time Southern student, was booked Sunday night on counts of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon and released late Tuesday on $90,000 bail set by 19th Judicial District Judge Beau Higginbotham.
Police said Felton traveled outside the court’s jurisdiction without permission to Dallas on Wednesday, prompting the judge to order him taken back into custody Thursday.
Felton, a Miami native, appeared Friday morning without an attorney before Higginbotham, who ordered him held without bail. Felton’s mother was in the courtroom.
Police have said Southern students Annette January, a freshman, and sophomore Lashuntae “Tae” Benton were caught in the crossfire and killed during an exchange of gunfire between Felton and 24-year-old Brandon Henderson. Felton allegedly wounded Henderson, who was released from the hospital Thursday. He has not been arrested.
The shooting occurred in The Cottages apartment complex near LSU, outside a birthday party hosted by a Southern student and attended by students and student-athletes.