SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - It was a brutal and deadly home invasion robbery that shocked the city of Shreveport back in early September. And now, we've learned it will be tried in Bossier Parish.
It's now been three months since the funeral for 22-year-old Noah Randle, shot and killed during a struggle with two armed men who had forced their way into his Knight Street apartment and were holding his friends at gunpoint.
Shortly after her son's death, Randle's mother, Lynda Petree told us, "Noah has always been a hero and that's the type person that he is that's Noah's essence is helping others."
While it happened in Shreveport, it falls in Bossier Parish, a distinction made long ago, based on where the Red River used to run. That lead Caddo District Attorney Charles Scott to make an offer to his counterpart across the Red River: "I'm going to ask you if my guys can prosecute it for you. And that was very nice and he and I work very well together and I'm proud of him for that," recalled Bossier-Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin.
He accepted Scott's offer and recently swore in two Caddo assistant D.A.'s into Bossier Parish duty. "And they presented their case, at this point, to a grand jury and have gotten an indictment, at least one indictment, and there may be more. And they'll prosecute the case in front of one of my judges in Bossier Parish in the spring of next year."
Detectives had arrested both Lemario Laws and Shannon Collins in Randle's murder. Laws is the one now indicted. But the case against Collins has been rejected, with sources citing a quote, 'insufficient amount of evidence against him' at this moment.
Marvin explained why prosecutors likely went with a charge of second degree murder against Laws: "You only have to get ten out of twelve jurors to agree on a 2nd degree murder verdict. If it was capital murder, a capital verdict, even if you're not seeking the death penalty, you have to get all twelve, has to be unanimous."
If Laws should be found guilty of 2nd degree murder, it would mean a mandatory life sentence. Laws is set for arraignment next Tuesday, December 18 in Bossier Parish District Court.