GONZALES — Two juveniles could be tried as adults in a capital murder case for their roles in the August beating death of 15-year-old Brandon Augusta in Donaldsonville.
Kaglin Green, 16, and Kahlil Howard, 17, appeared in 23rd Judicial District Court on Monday for a juvenile hearing, in which Judge Jason Verdigets found probable cause to hold both teenagers in the Ascension Parish Jail in Donaldsonville on first-degree murder counts, Charlotte Guedry, spokeswoman for District Attorney Ricky Babin, said in a news release.
The 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office is waiting to receive final investigative materials from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Guedry said, and pending their review, Green and Howard could be tried as adults.
Two men believed to be involved in the slaying, Tyrell Williams, 18, and Marcus Ester, 21, have been held in the Ascension Parish Jail since Friday, Guedry said. All four have been booked on first-degree murder.
On Aug. 9, Augusta, a Donaldsonville High School student, was with his four friends, who were all high on synthetic marijuana, when an old argument arose and the four savagely beat Augusta to death with large pieces of driftwood and concrete.
The next morning, Augusta was reported missing. Four days later, his body was found on the Mississippi River levee.
Even after the teenager died of blunt-force injuries to his head, the four “friends” continued to beat the boy’s body savagely after he was dead, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said at a news conference Wednesday.