The 15-year-old boy booked Friday in the June 2 shooting deaths of two men in Natalbany will be handled in the adult court system, the District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.
A juvenile court judge in the 21st Judicial District ruled Tuesday morning that there were sufficient grounds to hold the boy, whose name has not been released, on two counts of second-degree murder, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said.
The ruling paves the way for the case to be transferred to the adult criminal court division.
Louisiana law provides that a juvenile facing charges of first- or second-degree murder, aggravated rape or aggravated kidnapping will be tried in adult court if the juvenile was 15 or older when the crimes occurred.
Perrilloux said he will take the case to a grand jury within the next few weeks.
Charleston Mitchell, 24, and Randy Bickham, 31, were found shot to death in an SUV parked along Haynes Road, behind Reimers Gordon Temple Church of God in Christ. Detectives believe the shooting was drug-related, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has said.
A third victim, Marquise Lightfoot, 18, was found dead about 300 yards away off Jimmy Road on June 3.
No arrests have been made in Lightfoot’s death, but detectives believe the two incidents are related, the sheriff said.