Jauve Collins was just 16 when he fatally wounded 69-year-old retired Southern University administrator Henry Bellaire with a shotgun blast to the chest during an attempted armed robbery in the driveway of Bellaire's Scotlandville home in 2007.
Bellaire was a neighbor of then-Mayor-President Kip Holden.
Collins, of Baton Rouge, was 18 when a jury convicted him of second-degree murder and state District Judge Lou Daniel sentenced him in 2009 to a mandatory term of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
But three years after that, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down automatic life terms for juvenile killers and said they are entitled to hearings to attempt to show they are capable of reform.
The 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office is asking Daniel to sentence Collins, who is now 27, to life without parole again once his hearing is held.
"I'm adamantly opposed to him getting out," Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton, who prosecuted Collins, said in a recent interview. "He's incorrigible. He's a vicious little dude. No remorse."
Ron Johnson, who was not Collins' trial attorney but represents him now, takes issue with Clayton's comments when the hearing that the nation's highest court said Collins is entitled to receive hasn't even been held.
"To me, those are inflammatory statements without supported facts," Johnson said. "I try not to inflame anything."
The Supreme Court said in its 2012 ruling that life sentences without parole for juvenile killers are to be reserved for "the rare juvenile offender whose crime reflects irreparable corruption" and not the young offender whose crime demonstrates "unfortunate yet transient immaturity."
Clayton contends Collins is precisely who the high court was describing when it spoke of irreparable corruption.
"He bears watching 24-7," the prosecutor said.
Collins will be in Daniel's courtroom Jan. 5 for a status conference.
Bellaire was helping one of his daughters, Gaylyn, unload groceries in the driveway of his Rivercrest Avenue home when Collins shot him. He died two days later.
Gaylyn Bellaire testified Collins, while armed with a sawed-off shotgun with a pistol grip, shot her father in the chest after demanding money from him but being told he had none.
"Man, I don't have any," she recalled her father saying. "Give me what you have," she testified Collins insisted. "Man, I don't have anything. Who are you?" her father asked.
She said Thursday her family does not wish to comment on the ongoing court case at the present time.
Collins' co-defendants, Jonathan Dunn, now 29, and Tedrick Davis, 27, both of Baton Rouge, testified against him and later pleaded guilty to a lesser accessory charge. They received five-year prison terms.
Daniel said at Collins' 2009 sentencing he hoped the stiff penalty to such a young person would "serve as a warning and a deterrent" to others.
The Louisiana Supreme Court affirmed Collins' conviction and sentence in 2010.
He had no prior convictions as a juvenile.
Collins' trial attorney was Steven Moore, the brother of current 19th Judicial District Attorney Hillar Moore III. The 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office prosecuted the case because then-19th Judicial District Attorney Doug Moreau, who retired at the end of 2008, recused his office a month before Hillar Moore took office in early 2009.