BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Four hours after the jury began deliberating, they have reached a verdict in the trial of a man accused of shooting two people, killing one of them, almost two years ago.
Brandon Boyd, 19, of Baton Rouge, has been found guilty of shooting and killing Emanuelle Myles, 24, on March 18, 2014. Another man was shot in the same incident but survived. His name was not released.
Boyd was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder by an East Baton Rouge grand jury on June 19, 2014. He has been convicted of second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the shooting happened at the scene of a fight involving four people in a parking lot on La Margie Avenue.
Boyd, who investigators said was not involved in the fight, allegedly fired multiple times into the crowd, hitting Myles in the head and the other man in the arm. Both were taken to the hospitals and Myles later died from his injuries.
Detectives said Myles was a bystander to the fight. They added the other victim was one of the four directly involved.
Boyd's sentencing date has been set for April 11. Boyd's attorney said he does plan to appeal.
In 2014, there were a total of 65 murder cases in EBR Parish. Of those, 19 are still classified as open, 2 were closed because the victims shot and killed each other, and in one case the suspect committed suicide after his indictment, leaving a total of 43 cases that were pushed to the legal system.
Out of the 43 cases, 7 cases were put on hold because a grand jury pretermitted the case against the accused gunman, leaving 36 cases eligible for prosecution. Four of those remaining cases have been resolved with plea deals for a lesser sentence. One was resolved with a "not guilty" verdict from a bench trial. Only one case has been presented to a jury, in which a guilty verdict was returned for second-degree murder.
That leaves a total of 30 cases from 2014 that continue to work their way through the legal system.