2014 Thibodaux manslaughter trial set to begin Tuesday
THIBODAUX, La. - The trial of a man charged with manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of Larose teenager is to begin Tuesday in Thibodaux.
20-year-old Neely Gardner of Galliano is charged in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Braxton Bourda of Larose. Authorities say Bourda was shot while riding his bicycle.
State District Judge Walter Lanier will conduct a bench trial, without a jury.
Gardner's attorney, John Thomas, says in court documents the shooting was an accident.
Gardner was originally charged with negligent homicide. Prosecutors increased the charge to manslaughter.
If convicted of manslaughter, Gardner could face up to 40 years in prison. If Lanier finds him guilty of negligent homicide, he faces a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Gardner is in the Lafourche Parish jail on a $150,000 bond.
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