Teen accused of shooting councilman's son won't be tried as adult

Thomas Loupe, Metro Councilman's son
Thomas Loupe, Metro Councilman's son

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There are more questions surrounding the shooting of a Baton Rouge Metro Councilman's son. A juvenile court judge denied a motion Friday to move 16-year-old Tyler Coleman to adult court, much to the dismay of the District Attorney.

Juvenile Court Judge Pam Johnson told the District Attorney's office the case for Coleman will not be moved to District Court. State law provides that a DA can move offenders aged 15 and up to adult court in certain types of crimes, but Coleman's attorney, Bruce Craft, filed a motion to have the court hold the case.

Judge Johnson signed the order without a hearing. Friday, over the objections of the prosecution she reinforced that order.

"And that lies solely now in my view with the discretion of the judge, and not the discretion of the District Attorney's office," said Craft.

"Obviously we disagree," said District Attorney Hillar Moore. "You know, it's hard enough we have to fight the criminals, and now having to fight the system and something that's really basic; disheartening. We're gonna do what we have to do."

This means the case has been halted and an appeal will be heading to the First Circuit. Moore says they will prevail because the law is on his side.

Craft says if the ruling is upheld, it could change the way juveniles are prosecuted statewide.

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