The jury deliberated for six hours before convicted Ladarrian Jones. The trial lasted for four days.
Jones, along with his half brother, Jameel Chatman were originally charged with 3 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder following a shooting and stabbing incident at Aurora Trailer Park in Monroe on April 7, 2011.
Jones and Chatman were additionally charged with 3 counts of armed robbery of 3 ULM students from a separate incident that occurred on April 4, 2011, at the Ryan Manor Apartments, which was tried together with the attempted murder case. The jury found Jones not guilty of the 3 armed robbery counts.
Chatman had previously plead guilty to one of the armed robbery counts and received a 30 year hard labor sentence in exchange for his testimony against Jones. The attempted murder charges arose from an incident where Jones and Chatman had entered a trailer to recover some marijuana that they had sold to 3 college students. Chatman shot one student in the chest and Jones stabbed another with a knife approximately 7 times. Chatman shot at the 3rd student as he fled after the student shot Chatman in the elbow.
The April 4 incident occurred when Chatman forcefully entered an apartment on Warhawk way armed with a pistol along with a second black male who was armed with a knife. The second black male had his face concealed by a bandana. They confronted 3 ULM students inside and demanded drugs and money. Finding neither, they gathered cell phones, electronic games and equipment from the students and fled. Jones was arrested for the robberies after Monroe Police received a Crimestopper's tip.
Sentencing is set for March 7 before Judge Scott Leehy. Jones faces a sentence exposure of not less than 10 nor more than 50 years at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence on each count of the attempted 2nd degree murder counts.