A 16-year-old Baton Rouge boy accused of fatally shooting three teenagers and injuring a fourth inside the Baker Civic Club last March will stand trial Oct. 19, a state judge decided Wednesday.
Nakeydran Williams is charged with three counts of second-degree murder in the killing of Marcell Franklin and Kendal Dorsey, both 15, and Diontrey Claiborne, 18. He also faces an attempted second-degree murder charge in the wounding of Javaughn Simmons, 19.
The teens were attending a birthday party and rap concert at the club March 28.
Williams’ attorney, Tommy Damico, said Wednesday outside state District Judge Tony Marabella’s courtroom that there will be no plea deal in the case.
“This is a case that will absolutely be tried,” Damico said. “My client maintains his innocence in this shooting.”
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Williams in May. He turned 16 years old five days before the shooting.
Prosecutor Curtis Nelson Jr. told Richey in April that Franklin, Dorsey and Claiborne were “innocent bystanders” and that Simmons was the intended target. Franklin, Dorsey and Claiborne were shot in the head. Simmons was shot in the jaw.
Police and sheriff’s detectives testified in Juvenile Court in April that three witnesses, including Williams’ 15-year-old girlfriend, identified him as the shooter inside the crowded birthday party. But the girl, identified in court only by her initials because she is a juvenile, testified she identified her boyfriend only because she was pressured by detectives. Detectives denied that claim.
Williams faces life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. He is jailed on a $550,000 bail.