Dead teen's father says shooter should be released
BATON ROUGE - The father of a Baton Rouge teen who was shot and killed this week told a juvenile court judge Wednesday that the 16-year-old accused of firing the gun should be released.
Police said Brandon Bindon, 14, died after he was shot in a car on North 48th Street Tuesday afternoon. Baton Rouge Police said his 16-year-old friend was playing with gun when it went off.
District Attorney Hillar Moore was at the scene of the shooting yesterday and described what happened.
"Apparently several young kids playing in a car with a loaded revolver," Moore said. "Playing around and the gun discharged."
At Wednesday's hearing Brandon Coleman, Bingon's father, testified on behalf of the boy who faces negligent homicide charges. Coleman told the judge that it was a mistake and that the two teens were best friends. He also asked that the accused shooter be released from detention.
"Things like this happen and generally happen to young people," Moore said. "Tragic somebody at that age had to be killed and another detained."
Moore said shootings like this are why he endorses programs that look to cut access people have to guns when they shouldn't.
"That's one reason why we try to get guns off the streets," Moore said. "(We) try to have unsecured guns turned over. Gas for guns, turn it in and get coupons for gas."
The 16-year-old is being held on a $5,000 bond.