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DA discusses dropped charges against second line shooting suspect

We are learning more about 19-year-old Akein Scott and the circumstances of his being released on a low bond, just two weeks ago.

Scott, the man police identified as the Mother's Day second line shooting suspect, is said to be getting help from relatives to elude police, and some are questioning whether he should have been out of jail at all.

"I don't know enough," said New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, "but he's not a stranger to the criminal justice system and that's going on way too often."

Scott was arrested on four charges on March 5 at Frenchman and Derbigny, just three blocks from the Mother's day shootings. He was charged with resisting an officer, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of heroin.

The DA dropped two charges and accepted two charges, the illegal carrying of a weapon and the heroin charge.

"That is a charge which carries a mandatory penalty of not less than five years of hard labor," said Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.

But a magistrate set bond at $15,000, in spite of a request by the mayor to set a minimum bond of $30,000 for those arrested for guns and drugs.

"It doesn't make me feel good that this bond was set at $15,000 on a discharge of a gun with drugs attached. It should have been higher than that," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

And there's another problem -- while the face value of this bond is $15,000, the real value is something far less than that.

Sources say the bond insurance company only approved a bond of $5500, as shown on the back of the bond form.  But no one caught it -- Scott was released and remains on the loose with, police sources believe, the aid of his family.

"I would suggest that they not help him. We will catch him," said the mayor.

This wasn't the first time Scott was arrested. On March 1, 2012, he was charged with being in possession of a stolen firearm, but that charge was dropped because the DA says there was no evidence to show that Scott could have known the gun was stolen.

When asked about Scott's bond, Orleans Criminal Court Judge Arthur Hunter told FOX 8 that no one argued for the bond to be raised, or lowered, and he says the court is entitled to set a bond on whatever amount the circumstances warrant, in spite of the mayor's effort to raise those bonds to mandatory minimums.

If you have any information on Akein Scott's whereabouts, please call NOPD or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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