New Orleans man found competent for trial in teen's death

A 54-year-old New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting a 14-year-old and wounding the boy's teenage brother in retaliation for being bumped off his bicycle has been found competent to stand trial. Times-Picayune reports ( District Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier made the ruling Tuesday.

The judge's order comes after a court-appointed sanity commission found no reason that Gregory Johnson could not participate in his own defense, despite a 28-year history of prescription drug treatment for depression.

Johnson is scheduled for trial June 13. He faces life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of 14-year-old Miquial Jackson, who was shot in the back of the head on May 5, 2014.

Prosecutors say the shooting was in retaliation for Johnson being bumped off his bike.


Information from: The Times-Picayune,