The death of a person in a violent crime is certainly a tragedy. When juveniles are suspected of the crime it can be seen as a double tragedy because of the possible harm it can cause to the their futures. A failed car theft purportedly led to the death of an older woman as the would-be thieves reportedly opened fire and shot her. The teens accused in the Louisiana crime are entitled to a criminal defense.
An older couple were heading to their car when they reportedly saw a group of teens rummaging through it. When the couple called out to the teens at least one of the teens allegedly responded with gunfire. The man was hit in the arm but his wife was hit in the head and died before emergency crews could respond.
The teens' case was referred to a grand jury. The grand jury recently returned an indictment for first degree murder. Even though the shots were believed to have been fired by one person it is believed that he was encouraged to shoot by the others. The teens in the case are 18, 17 and 16.
Young people allegedly involved in violent crime in Louisiana have the same right to a criminal defense just like anyone else in the United States. It is imperative that all involved remember that the accused is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. An attorney experienced in juvenile cases can apprise the accused of their rights and also the legal options that are open to them.