Man accused of shooting Tulane med student pleads not guilty

Man accused of shooting Tulane med student pleads not guilty

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The man accused of in the attempted murder of a Good Samaritan and Tulane medical student pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

It was  a dramatic shooting caught on video. The Samaritan, Peter Gold, was shot in the abdomen after stepping in on behalf of a woman who was being dragged into an SUV.  His attacker, identified as Euric Cain, is seen trying multiple times to shoot Gold again, but a jammed gun may have saved Gold's life.

Gold is recovering as the case against Cain plays out.

"Our prayers go out to the Gold family and we pray for his speedy recovery," said attorney Gregory Carter, who represents Nictoria Washington.

Last week, a grand jury indicted Washington for being an accessory after the fact and hiding Cain in the days after the shooting. She also pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Bond for Cain is set at $6 million; bond for Washington was set at $500,000.

"Our client isn't the shooter or the kidnapper," said Carter, who said the $500,000 bond is excessive.

"It's an extremely high bond considering what she was charged with, but we will address that with the judge at the appropriate time," he said.

Carter is eager to get the case moving in hopes of having his client home for the holidays.

"At this point, the faster the better for our client. I can't speak for Mr. Cain," said Carter.

Cain's attorney, Brian Woods, told FOX 8  he is surprised at how quickly this case was brought before a grand jury.  Cain was indicted last week for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

Both attorneys now await information from police and prosecutors to help them prepare their defense.

"We hope to see everything. We hope the state turns over everything so we can have a fair trial," Carter said.

A trial likely to be set for mid-2016. Judge Robin Pittman set a date of Dec. 17 for prosecutors to turn over evidence needed for the attorneys for Cain and Washington's to assist in their defense. At that time, they say they will likely seek bond reductions.

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