Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:47 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Apr 15, 2014 6:59 AM
BATON ROUGE- Investigators took the stand during a day-long hearing to discuss moving a 16-year-old accused killer from juvenile detention to parish prison and have the case against him heard in district court where he'll face adult charges.
Eventually, a juvenile court judge decided to transfer Nakeydran Williams' case to adult court. Williams is accused of opening fire at a birthday party in Baker last month, killing three other teens and injuring a fourth.
But, one of three witnesses recanted statements she made against Williams. Instead, Williams' girlfriend said she was pressured to point the finger at her boyfriend for the shooting.
Lt. Greg Brown with the Baker Police department stood firm on the case he is building against Williams. Brown said other witnesses told him Williams opened fire inside the Baker Civic Club last month after an altercation with the only person who was shot and survived.
Brown said witnesses suggested Javaughn Simmons, 19, got into Williams' face and Williams was seen smiling, lifted is waste band, pulled out a gun and opened fire.
All four people, including Kendal Dorsey, Diontrey Claiborne, and Marcell Franklin who died, were shot with the same gun. Police believe it was a revolver, but it has not been found.
District Attorney Hillar Moore said there is still work to do before the case is ready for a grand jury.
"There's evidence, phones and things, that will take some time; my guess is it's a month to two months, to three months away from a grand jury," Moore said.
"We have other cases in front of it, but due to the nature, we will try to get it moving, but again we have to make sure all the evidence is well presented."
Family members of victims called the decision to try the case in adult court a small victory.
The shooting sparked community-wide discussions of violence and how to prevent further killings.
Williams will also be moved from juvenile detention to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison to await trial.
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