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Merritt Landry Case: Overview of Louisiana’s Self-Defense Statutes

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 9:05am

We’ll be covering the second degree murder trial of Merritt Landry, who was charged with second degree attempted murder for his shooting 14-year-old Marshall Coulter (described as a “professional thief” by his brother in news reports).

Coulter had scaled a spiked metal fence to enter Landry’s property at 2AM, in a Louisiana...

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Merritt Landry Allies Developing Narrative of Innocence

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:28am

It is perhaps inevitable that comparisons will be drawn between the  recently completed murder/self-defense trial of George Zimmerman in Florida and the just beginning travails of self-defense shooter Merritt Landry in New Orleans.

Indeed, I’ve already begun to do so myself (see “Zimmerman Redux: The Breaking Louisiana Self-Defense Case of Merritt Landry”).

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Zimmerman Redux: The Breaking Louisiana Self-Defense Case of Merritt Landry

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5:00pm

Merritt Landry, a 33-year-old “white caucasian” shot the victim, a 14-year-old black boy, in the head. A single spent cartridge case was recovered at the scene, indicating that a semi-automatic weapon was used and suggesting that a single shot was fired. The hour of the shooting was approximately 2:00AM, on Friday,...

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