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Judge: Marshall Coulter not competent to face criminal charges

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Marshall Coulter, 15, will not face criminal charges because of his competency. (FOX8 Photos) Marshall Coulter, 15, will not face criminal charges because of his competency. (FOX8 Photos)
NEW ORLEANS, (WVUE) -

An Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judge has ruled the teen who was shot last year by a Marigny homeowner is not competent to face charges against him.

Marshall Coulter, 15, was arrested back in May after he allegedly committed a simple burglary on Royal Street in New Orleans.

He is also accused of an aggravated burglary on Frenchman Street where police say he struggled with the victim and threatened him with a gun before making his escape.

Coulter's competency to face trial came into question since Marigny homeowner, Merritt Landry, shot him in the head a year ago. Landry was arrested, but later cleared of all charges.

Doctors who interviewed Coulter, testified Thursday in juvenile court that the teenager lacks focus, concentration and understanding. Coulter will now be transferred from the youth study center to a mental facility on the north shore where he will receive treatment.

The court says it could take months before they know if Coulter will ever be competent enough to face charges.

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