“If it happened to me, somebody jumped over my fence, I live with an eight foot fence around where I live, I wake up in the morning and somebody’s inside my fence, they would be killed,” says Benjamin John.
“I know the Landry family and I know Merritt well, and I think he was 110% justified. He’s protecting his family and his property,” says Maureen Noonan.
In a crowded room in Mid-City several Marigny residents came out to show their support for Merritt Landry.
“If we can move past the racial narrative and just say New Orleanians are suffering, New Orleanians are dying, and New Orleanians are being victimized by other regrettably other New Orleanians, I think that it would put our community in a much better place,” says civil rights activist Nadar Enzi also known as Captain Black.
The ‘Justice for Merritt’ meeting was led by Captain Black and Mike Weinberger of the Home Defense Foundation of New Orleans.
33-year-old Merritt Landry faces Second Degree Murder Charges. Nearly two weeks ago police say Landry shot an unarmed teen inside his property. A neighbor says his surveillance video caught 14-year-old Marshall Coulter jumping over Landry’s fence. According to court documents Landry shot him in the head after the boy made a “thwarted” move.
“Mr. Landry violated the law when it comes down to self defense,” says civil rights activist Rev. Raymond Brown.
“I think time will tell (whether Merritt was justified in using deadly force) and the narrative will speak for itself,” says one of Landry’s attorneys Tanzanika Ruffin.
Landry is due back in court on August 23rd.
The family of 14-year-old Marshall Coulter says he is doing better, but Coulter is still in the intensive care unit, and cannot communicate.