A Caddo Parish teenager involved in recent firearms violence will face indictment and prosecution as an adult, District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. says.
Ikerryunta Stewart, 17, is charged with the second-degree murder of 13-year-old Kelvonte Daigre, who died as the result of a shooting September 4, 2021, on Bert Kouns Industrial Loop near Youree Drive. He also faces eight counts of attempted first-degree murder of eight other individuals that night, including three other youths ages 5, 15 and 16. At least seven of the eight attempted first-degree murder victims were innocent bystanders merely waiting for the red light to change or otherwise traveling through the intersection.
Assistant District Attorney Jerry Deason Jr. presented evidence in a continued custody hearing in Caddo Juvenile Court September 13, 2021. In addition to the murder and attempted murder charges, the hearing also resulted in illegal use of a dangerous weapon and resisting an officer with force or violence charges.
Ikerryunta Stewart can be tried as an adult under provisions of Louisiana Children’s Code Article 305, which allows a District Attorney to have jurisdiction of certain juvenile offenders age 15 or older transferred to District Court. The Grand Jury will review all the charges.
If indicted for second-degree murder, Ikerryunta Stewart faces a sentence of life in prison at hard labor without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.