BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A trial date has been set for two suspects charged with murder in a case in which investigators said the victim was shot over a cell phone.
The 19th Judicial District Attorney's Office reported the second-degree murder trial for James Mills Jr., 19, and Jordan Harris, 18, is scheduled to begin on May 9, 2016. The pair is accused of killing Hancy Sanchez, 24, in October 2014.
Officials said Mills was in court Wednesday for a motion hearing. He has been free since June 4 after posting a reduced bond of $100,000. The case is assigned to District Judge Bonnie Jackson.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office believes Mills and Harris shot Sanchez after planning to rob him.
Witnesses said Sanchez was smoking a cigarette outside his apartment located on Bayou Fountain Avenue when he was approached by the teens. When asked for the password to his phone, Sanchez reportedly tried to take the phone back and detectives said that's when the shooting happened.
Sanchez was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Harris allegedly confessed to robbing Sanchez, but claimed he was running away when Sanchez was shot. Mills is accused of shooting Sanchez, but denied doing so when he was questioned.
Both Mills and Harris were initially charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. Mills was additionally charged with illegal use of a weapon.
The pair was indicted by a grand jury for second-degree murder in January 2015.