Merritt Landry walked out of the criminal court building Tuesday afternoon after posting a $100,000 bond.
Landry faces an attempted murder charge in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old boy last week. According to neighbors, the teen jumped the fence at the Landry family’s home in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood.
Landry initially posed the bond and was able to walk free days earlier. But the district attorney’s office argued to a judge that the paperwork was incomplete, making the bond illegal.
Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors were satisfied with the changes made by Landry’s father, Larry Landry, that allowed property to be used to cover the bond. Larry Landry is a former justice of the peace in St Bernard Parish; he also ran unsuccessfully for sheriff.
Merritt Landry is a city employee. Tuesday afternoon, he avoided reporters by using a side door to exit the criminal court building. The door is normally off-limits to the general public. A spokesman for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, which handles security at the building, says it did not instruct or clear the way for Landry to use the side door.
Landry remains suspended without pay from his job with the city while his case works its way through the judicial system.