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Johntrell Banks

A Baton Rouge teenager accused of fatally shooting a man as the victim answered the door on Feb. 9 was indicted Thursday on a second-degree murder count.

Johntrell Banks, 17, of Sweet Gum Avenue, is charged with killing Tyler Batiste, 20, as Batiste answered a knock at the door of a home in the 8400 block of Bayou Fountain Drive.

The shooting occurred in a neighborhood off Gardere Lane near its intersection with Burbank Drive.

Banks also was indicted by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury on an attempted second-degree murder charge stemming from a Feb. 13 incident.

Banks turned himself in on March 2.

His case has been assigned to state District Judge Beau Higginbotham.


Email Joe Gyan Jr. at jgyan@theadvocate.com.