Teen accused of murder faces adult court

James Mimms, 42, was gunned down on July 24 not far from McKinley High.
James Mimms, 42, was gunned down on July 24 not far from McKinley High.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A judge ruled a 16-year-old boy accused of killing one man and shooting another on in July will face an adult court.

Donovan Woods is accused of killing James Mimms, 42, in his own yard on Thomas Delpit Drive in Baton Rouge on July 24.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the teenager shot and killed Mimms, while wounding another person.

Police said the other victim survived, but Woods will have to go to the 19th Judicial District Court, instead of juvenile court, for his alleged crimes.

"The position of the Attorney General's office is that the statute that allows juveniles charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder is constitutional under the recent U.S. Supreme court ruling," said Colin Clark, assistant Louisiana Attorney General. "The transfer statute allows defendants, where probable cause has been found, to be transferred to adult court when they are over the age of 15 and committed very serious crimes."

Juvenile Court Judge Bob Hester ruled Woods could have probably committed the murders and therefore is off to district court.

Woods will also be transferred out of juvenile jail and moved into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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