Brother of teen shot in Marigny speaks out

Published: Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:27 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM CDT
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The brother of the 14-year-old boy shot in the Marigny wishes the shooter would have fired a warning shot instead of putting a bullet in the teen's head.

Marshall Coulter is still in critical condition at the Interim LSU Hospital.  His brother David describes a teen who struggled to stay on the right path after the death of their father.

"He responds and moves his hand and wiggles his toes, but as far as talking he can't see or talk. His eyes are still swollen and his tongue is still swollen," said David Coulter about his brother, who remains covered in tubes in a hospital bed.

It's the effect of a bullet to the head, fired early Friday morning in the Marigny. Police say the teen was inside homeowner Merritt Landry's fenced yard and near his car around 2 a.m. Landry told police he thought Marshall Coulter was reaching for something.

Marshall's brother is outraged Landry fired the shot. "You got a weapon, you got the upper hand," he said. "Shoot in the  air one time."

Coulter's family doesn't deny the teen has been in trouble and has a history of burglary arrests, but his brother told us, "Marshall is a good kid... He just takes the wrong way sometimes."

Their father, David Douglas, worked construction to support the family of eight children.  He died on Christmas Eve 2010. That's when the family noticed a change in Marshall.

"When my dad was living, Marshall was never outside. He was going to school and was a perfect student. Before the shooting happened, we tried to avoid all this by giving him help. You understand? Nobody was trying to give us help, they were brushing us away."

David told his mom it would look bad that a 14-year-old boy was out at two in the morning. "Once everybody is in the house and the doors are locked, you are 14 years old, you can sneak out of the house. It's not like we have metal bars on every door or window."

David says he was enrolled at Miles College in Alabama on a football scholarship before his father died. He had to return home to help his mother raise Marshall and his other younger siblings.