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

Hey folks, 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 neighborhood riven by burglaries, home invasions, and car-jackings. Landry, alerted to the presence of the intruder by his dog, and acting …

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