Zimmerman Redux: The Breaking Louisiana Self-Defense Case of Merritt Landry

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Merritt Landry, a 33-year-old “white caucasian” shot the victim, a 14-year-old black boy, in the head. A single spent cartridge case was recovered at the scene, indicating that a semi-automatic weapon was used and suggesting that a single shot was fired. The hour of the shooting was approximately 2:00AM, on Friday, July 26, 2013. As of this writing the victim is reported to remain alive, in critical condition at a local hospital. The victim was shot within feet from the rear door of Landry’s dwelling in New Orleans, in an area accessible only by having to scale a locked fence, suggesting forcible entry onto the property by the victim.

Landry has been charged with attempted second degree murder. His bond was set to $10,000; he posted bond late Friday afternoon. Landry works for the City of New Orleans as a building inspector. The city says he has been placed on emergency suspension without pay pending the outcome of this case.

For our detailed coverage/analysis of this breaking Zimmerman-like self-defense case, click over to my post at Legal Insurrection:

Zimmerman Redux: The Breaking Louisiana Self-Defense Case of Merritt Landry

--Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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