Judge rules Merritt Landry to remain free on bond

Merritt Landry (OPSO photo)
Merritt Landry (OPSO photo)

New Orleans, La. - A judge has ruled that 33-year-old Merritt Landry, the man accused of shooting a 14-year-old boy in the head when he allegedly jumped his fence, will remain free on bond.

Prosecutors argued Tuesday that there was a problem with Landry's bail process that was originally signed off by Criminal Court Judge Franz Zibilich.

Landry is accused of shooting the teen, Marshall Coulter, early last Friday morning in the 700 block of Mandeville Street in the Marigny.

Police say they found the teen behind Landry's security fence near his car.

The boy is in critical condition at the hospital.

Landry's attorney says Tuesday's court hearing was a matter of finalizing paperwork on his client's $100,000 surety bond, which is backed by property of the same value.  The attorney says Landry intends to fight the charge against him.

Landry was arrested and booked with attempted second-degree murder and bonded out of jail Friday evening.