No Indictment For Merritt Landry From The Grand Jury

His ordeal isn’t necessarily over, but the grand jury wouldn’t indict him. From WWL-TV

 An Orleans Parish grand jury has ended its six-month term without taking any action against a Marigny homeowner who shot an unarmed, teenage intruder in July of last year.

Merritt Landry, a city employee, initially was arrested by police and booked on an attempted second-degree murder charge following the shooting of 14-year-old Marshall Coulter in July 2013.

A spokesman for the district attorney’s office said the case remains open, though the office is disappointed that a decision to indict Landry wasn’t made.

The guess here is that Orleans DA Leon Cannizzaro is ultimately going to drop the case. If they can’t get the votes for an indictment out of a grand jury, how are they going to get a conviction? And what level of resources does a district attorney in New Orleans, where the bodies get stacked like cordwood and the violent crime caseload mounts by the day, devote to a case of a homeowner who shoots a would-be burglar who has jumped a six-foot spiked fence into his yard?

But Assistant DA Christopher Bowman wouldn’t give any indication as to how his office would handle the case…

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