Two teenagers suspected in the fatal shooting last week of a pizza delivery driver had their cases transferred Monday from Juvenile Court to adult court.
The move had been expected following a hearing last week in Juvenile Court at which a detective testified that Shane Hughes and Rendell Brown, both 16, were responsible for pumping no fewer than 10 bullets into 35-year-old Richard Yeager.
Yeager, a driver for Domino’s Pizza, was killed just after midnight Sept. 22 after making a delivery in the 2800 block of St. Louis Street in Mid-City.
His Toyota Corolla was stolen after the shooting and was found later in Gert Town after a hit-and-run accident.
The teens were arrested hours later and booked on one count of first-degree murder each.
Police previously have said both teens have criminal histories and were wearing electronic monitoring devices at the time Yeager was shot.
Homicide Detective Wayne DeLarge testified during Friday’s hearing that police developed Brown as a suspect when a tracking signal from his ankle monitor put him at the scene of the crime.
Based on that evidence, DeLarge obtained a warrant and found both teens together when he served it later that day. The teens tried to escape but were caught, DeLarge testified.
After being arrested, Hughes implicated himself in the crime during an interview with police, DeLarge said.
“He said he saw the pizza man get shot,” he testified. “He also placed himself inside the victim’s car.”
DeLarge said forensic investigators were examining Yeager’s car to try to find fingerprints and DNA evidence. However, he said, one piece of evidence already had been recovered from the vehicle: a T-shirt from Cohen College Prep High, where both teens were enrolled.
The teens could face mandatory life sentences if convicted of murder.
Police also connected the pair to prior armed robberies.
In addition to the murder charge, Brown was booked with armed robbery with a firearm, second-degree battery and theft, according to Orleans Parish Prison records.
Hughes faces an additional count of armed robbery, according to jail records.
WWL-TV reporter Mike Perlstein contributed to this report. Follow Danny Monteverde on Twitter, @DCMonteverde.