Jury selection began this afternoon in the murder trial of one of the two teens accused of shooting and killing a Bossier City woman in 2012.
Tremond Thomas, 18, along with Randolph Andrew, 17, were charged with first degree murder in connection to the death of Ieshia Winbush, 21. She was found dead in her home on Sept. 23, 2012 with six gunshot wounds.
Although both teens were on the docket to go on trial today, Thomas was selected to go first. Andrew’s trial will be held after Thomas’ is concluded. The defendants were juveniles at the time of Winbush’s murder – Thomas was 16 and Andrew was 15, but it was decided they would be tried as adults.
Also today the original first degree murder charge against the teens was reduced to second degree murder, and a bill of information charging Thomas and Andrew with aggravated burglary of an inhabited dwelling was filed with the Bossier Clerk of Courts.
Initially, police believed Winbush’s boyfriend, Taurus Carter, 22, was the killer. He was arrested 10 days after the shooting, and charged him with second degree murder.
But the charges against Carter were dropped Oct. 12, after he told investigators a PlayStation was stolen during the home invasion, and he provided them with a serial number. Bossier detectives then learned that Thomas and Andrew had pawned that PlayStation, linking them to the crime.
Just today, Marvin entered a bill of information charging the two with aggravated burglary of an inhabited dwelling in connection with theft of the PlayStation.
Thomas and Andrew were arrested Oct. 12, 2012, and placed in juvenile detention. But Oct. 17, 2012, a Bossier judge granted District Attorney Schuyler Marvin’s motion to transfer the cases to adult court. Thomas and Andrew were then transferred to Bossier Maximum Security where they have been ever since.
In February, Thomas’s mother, Trisa Thomas, told NBC 6 News her son had been in solitary confinement at Bossier Max for more than a year. She and Randolph Andrew’s mother, Yulonie Blackshire, both believe their sons were walking in the streets, and simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.