The Bossier City teen accused of second degree murder in the September 2012 death of Ieshia Winbush was in Bossier District Court Friday for a status conference, but it was continued until August 10.
Randolph “Randy” Andrew, 18, was in court with his court-appointed attorney, Randal Fish, from the Bossier public defenders office. Andrew is slated to go on trial Sept. 8 on the second degree murder charge, as well as an aggravated burglary charge.
Andrew’s co-defendant, Tremond Thomas, 17, was convicted on both charges in May.
Second degree murder carries with it a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
Andrew, who was 16 at the time of the alleged crimes, and Thomas, who was 15, both were charged with breaking into a Bossier City home on Sept. 23, 2012, and killing Winbush, 21, along with stealing a Playstation. Winbush was shot six times during the burglary, including at least once in the head.
The boys, originally charged with first degree murder, were arrested in October 2012 and placed in juvenile detention, Five days later, the court ruled they would be tried as adults. They then were moved to Bossier Maximum Security facility at Plain Dealing, where they have been incarcerated ever since.
The charges were downgraded from first to second degree murder because, though the court can rule juveniles to be tried as adults, Louisiana law does not permit the death penalty to be administered to juveniles. With the death penalty off the table, the penalty for first and second degree murder are the same.
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