Tempers flare in the Marigny as a Justice for Merritt rally is interrupted by protesters footsteps from the crime scene.
It has been four weeks since 33-year-old Merritt Landry was arrested for allegedly shooting 14-year-old Marshall Coulter in the head outside his home.
Neighbors say the unarmed teen was caught on camera climbing Landry’s iron fence at 2am. According to court documents Landry fired one shot after Coulter made a threatening move.
Some say he was just protecting his wife and toddler, others say the crime was racially motivated.
“Homeowners that live in this area deserve justice and tge right to protect themselves, their families and their property,” says Landry supporter Ron Evans.
“We’re not centralizing how common this situation is and that there are racial dynamics at play,” says protester Emily Danielson.
“I don’t think he was targeting anybody for any other reason, for race or anything else, I think he was protecting his family, protecting his property, ” says political analysts Jeff Crouere.
Crouere believes the District Attorney will present the case to a grand jury to see if they’ll decide to drop charges.
Landry faces attempted second degree murder charges and is due back in court Friday.