A grand jury indictment of 16-year-old Roland Bernard III of Abbeville decided to try him as an adult for second degree murder last Monday.
Guidry filed a motion to quash the grand jury’s decision on the grounds that he was denied his constitutional right to remain anonymous. The arraignment is set to follow the motion hearing for the quash, which will be held Wednesday, March 25.
If the judge decides not to quash, Bernard will be the first juvenile charged with murder in Vermilion Parish to be tried as an adult in 20 years.
It is not uncommon that if a quash is made that all charges will be dropped, or further charges be issued.
A conviction of second-degree murder will mean Bernard will face life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
Plowden’s murder was the first to occur in Abbeville since October 2007.