Juvenile will be tried as adult in murder case
by Rachel Worthy
A Grand Jury recently decided the 16-year-old Abbeville youth who was charged with the second degree murder of Kendrick “Black” Plowden will be tried as an adult.
The juvenile’s attorney has filed a motion to quash the decision; however, the youth was transported to the parish jail Friday.
Abbeville Police Chief Rick Coleman said the youth will be the first juvenile charged with murder ever to be tried as an adult in Vermilion Parish.
Attorney Burton Guidry, the juvenile’s attorney, filed a motion to quash indictments rendered in Vermilion Parish last Monday to try the juvenile as an adult. Guidry filed to quash the Grand Jury’s indictment Wednesday, March 11.
Guidry released this statement regarding the Grand Jury’s decision: “The actions of the District Attorney in utilizing secret proceedings of a Grand Jury to usurp the jurisdiction of constitutionally protected rights of juveniles is at best bad form and at worst, a complete ignorance of their special rights, including the right to be anonymous.”
The juvenile is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing March 19, and a motion hearing to decide whether or not presiding Judge Richard Putnam will quash the Grand Jury’s indictment will be heard March 25. It is not uncommon that if a quash is made that all charges will be dropped, or further charges be issued.
Coleman said the juvenile was taken into custody by Abbeville Police early Friday morning, and was transported to the Vermilion Parish Jail to await arraignment.
The victim, Plowden, was a 34-year-old Abbeville resident who was shot inside a white Jeep Cherokee March 1. Police reported Plowden died of a gunshot wound to the neck either en route to or at the hospital.
Coleman said Plowden’s murder is still under investigation and police are still investigating two individuals who are believed to be possible accessories to the murder. If convicted, he added, the individuals could face felony charges including possible principle to murder charges, which imposes half to the full penalty of the crime.
The juvenile charged in the fatal shooting was arrested Wednesday, March 4 and taken to a St. James Parish juvenile detention center. Attorney Guidry said it was an abomination that he had to drive 80 miles to meet with his client. The juvenile was taken to the St. James Parish facility because there is no juvenile detention center in Vermilion Parish and the one in Lafayette was full.
Plowden’s murder was the first to occur in Abbeville in the past 18 months.