A grand jury declined on Thursday to indict two Baton Rouge suspects in the November shooting death of up-and-coming rapper and McKinley High School student Keondrae Ricks on Nebraska Street.

The grand jury neither indicted Trashone Maurice Coats, 18, and Monte Carey, 28, on second-degree murder counts nor cleared them.

By pretermitting the case, the panel left open the possibility for East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors to come back to the grand jury with more evidence. A charge of illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence also was pretermitted.

Ricks' mother, Kengar Taylor, said Friday she just wants justice for her son who "had a bright future."

"I want them indicted and I want them to get life," she said.

East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Dana Cummings said prosecutors intend to take the case back to the grand jury "if we are able to locate additional witnesses or other evidence."

Ricks, 18, was gunned down as he rode his bike just after midnight Nov. 2 less than a block from where he lived.

A police report says Carey, who was with Coats, confronted Ricks, then went through Ricks' pockets after Coats shot him.

Taylor said her son's killers could have assumed incorrectly that he had money.

"My son didn't have no money," she said.

Coats, 1452 Duane St., and Carey, 1530 Oriole St., both remained in Parish Prison on Friday afternoon.

Coats' legal troubles are far from over.

In June, East Baton Rouge prosecutors charged him — in a case already involving two other defendants — with being a principal to attempted second-degree murder. The other defendants are Michael Onyedinma, 17, and Derrick Keith Guice, 21, the brother of LSU star running back Derrius Guice. Onyedinma, 3036 Calumet St., and Derrick Guice, 710 S. 18th St., also are charged as principals to attempted second-degree murder.

Those charges stem from a drive-by shooting Nov. 3, the day after Ricks was killed and in the same block where he was fatally shot.

The Baton Rouge Police Department has confirmed that the gunfire and shootings that followed Ricks' death were "retaliatory."

The next court appearance for Coats, Onyedinma and Derrick Guice in the Nov. 3 shooting is Sept. 12 before state District Judge Tony Marabella.

Coats also has an Aug. 29 court appearance in front of state District Judge Bonnie Jackson on a charge of possession of a stolen firearm. The firearm was traced back to a Government Street pawn shop burglary in July 2016. 

Coats was arrested the day after the burglary when officers spotted him with a handgun. Coats tried to run but was caught not far away, a police report says. Officers recovered two guns stolen from the pawn shop after Coats tried to hide them.

Carey pleaded guilty in March 2016 to aggravated battery. State District Judge Trudy White put him on active supervised probation for one year.


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