Convicted second degree murderer G-Quan "Tootie" Baker was scheduled to be sentenced to life on Tuesday. Instead District Court Judge Don Johnson mused openly in court about his options.
Not long ago The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that it was unconstitutional to sentence Juvenile offenders to life without the benefit of parole.
"To delay is to deny justice," says Judge Johnson, but Johnson does not want to buck the nation's highest court. "I'm going to study this case," said Johnson.
The issue is that U.S. Supreme court ruling on Miller vs. Alabama. Johnson may very well be the first Judge in Louisiana to have to deal with this ruling because Baker was 16 at the time of the murders.
"We're terribly upset and if I didn't know the Lord, I'd be all up in here cussing," says Ebony London the aunt of victim Ashley London. Ashley was murdered June 29, 2011; shot in the parking lot on Elm Grove Garden Drive by Baker.
"This case has been going on for over a year now and the family is ready to see some resolution," says prosecutor Leila Baswell. "I can definitely see where they want to get it over with."
"I agree with the judge that there needs to be more time and more research done in order to come up with the decision," says Defense attorney Ron Haley. "But I don't agree it should be so quick."
Judge Johnson gave attorneys on both sides until December 7th to return to court for arguments. They have until Friday to send briefs to the court.
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