- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BAKER, La. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a 16-year-old boy in Friday night’s triple slaying at a private birthday party in Baker.

Killed in the shooting were Diontrey Claiborne, 18, Marcell Franklin and Kendal Dorsey, both 15.

He is scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court on April 14 for a detention hearing. That hearing was supposed to take place Monday, but his attorney, Erika Green, asked for a continuance.

Police says the teen is accused opening fire on a crowd of between 50 and 100 gathered for the birthday party.

He faces three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and a single count of illegal possession of a weapon.

It was unclear Monday whether the case will remain in Juvenile Court.

“The matter is still under investigation. We have a long way to go,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1hvua7y ) outside Juvenile Court. “By all accounts, my inclination will be to try this in adult court.”

Dr. Beau Clark, the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner, said his office conducted autopsies Monday on Kendal and Marcell.

He said both died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Claiborne’s autopsy is scheduled Tuesday afternoon.

Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said Monday that detectives are still trying to track down and interview people who were at the party to get a more complete picture of what happened.

He said detectives have several possible motives, but to his knowledge, they have not stripped away any false information to identify a true motive.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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