- Associated Press - Monday, November 3, 2014

LAROSE, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish prosecutors say a man originally charged with negligent homicide in a June 5 shooting in Larose will be prosecuted for manslaughter next year.

District Attorney Cam Morvant II tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/1s7yMmG ) that the trial of 20-year-old Neely Gardner of Galliano is scheduled for Feb. 24, 2015, before Judge Walter Lanier.

Gardner is charged in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Braxton Bourda of Larose. Authorities say Bourda was shot in the face while riding his bicycle.

Gardner’s attorney, John Thomas, says in court documents the shooting was an accident.

Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, compared to negligent homicide’s maximum sentence of five years.

Gardner is in the Lafourche Parish jail on a $150,000 bond.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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