The Baton Rouge boy accused of fatally shooting three teenagers inside the Baker Civic Club in March 2014 allegedly fired a revolver four months earlier — an incident in which the teen victim told police the shooter is a gang member he knows as “Scrappy,” police reports indicate.
The principal of Scotlandville High School confirmed to police that Nakeydran Williams was a student there and went by that nickname, the reports show.
Williams’ attorney, Tommy Damico, said Friday his client denies the accusation that he was involved in a shooting on Dec. 2, 2013, and he denies membership in a gang.
Those allegations are contained in December 2013 police reports that East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Darwin Miller filed into the court record Thursday as part of the state’s notice of intent to use the December 2013 incident at Williams’ trial in the Baker Civic Club shooting.
In the notice, Miller states that Williams has raised a defense in the club shooting “founded upon an alleged lack of identification.” The prosecutor says the state contends that evidence of Williams’ “other crimes, acts, or wrongs” is relevant to show proof of — among other things — identity.
Williams was booked after the December 2013 incident on counts of illegal use of a weapon and aggravated assault. Those charges were pending in Juvenile Court at the time of the triple-murder and have not been resolved.
“That type of evidence should not be allowed,” Damico said.
Williams, 17, is now scheduled to stand trial Jan. 19 on three counts of second-degree murder in the slayings of Marcell Franklin and Kendal Dorsey, both 15, and Diontrey Claiborne, 18, on March 28, 2014, during a crowded birthday party and rap concert at the Baker Civic Club.
State District Judge Tony Marabella canceled Williams’ previously set Oct. 19 trial date after Damico told the judge Friday that his trial schedule would prevent him from preparing for the trial.
Williams, who turned 16 five days before the shooting, also is charged with attempted second-degree murder in the wounding of Javaughn Simmons, 19, inside the club.
Prosecutors have said Simmons was the intended target, and that Franklin, Dorsey and Claiborne were innocent bystanders.
At an April 2014 hearing in East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court before Williams’ case was transferred to the 19th Judicial District Court, it was disclosed that he is known to his friends as Scrappy.
In the shooting incident several months before the fatal shooting, a 16-year-old boy told police that Scrappy came to his door asking if he wanted to fight him. Once the boy stepped outside the house, Scrappy pulled a revolver out of his pocket. The boy said he heard a shot as he headed back into the house, according to a police report.
Police did not find a shell casing or any bullet holes in the residence.
Earlier that day, the boy told police, Scrappy and several other black males in a red car confronted him while he was walking near the corner of Plank Road and Monte Sano Avenue. The boy said he fled after a short fight but heard them yell, “We gonna get you, and we gonna get Meechie.”
The boy told police the same car was outside his house when Scrappy came to his door. He said he believed they were trying to ambush him.
The boy told police the incident was possibly retaliation stemming from a fight his friend Meechie had with a friend of Scrappy. During that fight, Scrappy’s friend was hit in the head with a board, the report states.
The boy also told police that Scrappy was a member of a gang called “Acres Fam.” Fam is short for family, the report says. The gang is based in the Holiday Acres neighborhood off Gore Road, the boy said.
After the incident, police went to Scotlandville High School and spoke with the principal, who called Williams to her office.
In the report, a police corporal says Williams “attempted to hurry through the door leading to the rear of the office” when he saw police.
After Williams was taken to a police station, he denied shooting a gun during the incident on Dec. 2, 2013, and he denied being part of a gang. His grandmother, who is his guardian, was with him when he spoke with police.
“He did admit to knocking on the door of the residence and getting (the boy) to come out of the house, but he could not explain why he had knocked on the door,” the report states.
Police and sheriff’s detectives testified in April 2014 that three witnesses, including Williams’ girlfriend, identified him as the Baker Civic Club shooter. But his girlfriend testified she identified her boyfriend under pressure from detectives. They denied that claim and said it was she who contacted authorities.