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Teen Admitted To Fatally Shooting Man On New Year's Eve, Cops Said. Now, He Is Charged As An Adult.

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Source: St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

Apr. 4 2022, Published 9:08 a.m. ET

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A 16-year-old will face charges as an adult for allegedly shooting a person on New Year’s Eve, officials announced.

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Last week, a grand jury in Louisiana charged 16-year-old Michael Zachary as an adult with a count of second-degree murder. He was arrested by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was charged in connection to the death of Keith Joseph, 38, on Dec. 31.

Investigators said a juvenile asked Joseph to buy cigars on New Year’s Eve from a store, but Joseph bought alcohol instead. The juvenile then walked to Joseph’s home, according to the sheriff’s

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There, a person in the home and the juvenile got into a fight and then the child left, according to the sheriff’s office. The juvenile reported the incident to a parent.


The juvenile and Zachary returned to the home later that day. Joseph asked the juvenile to come on to the property and he apologized to the juvenile, the sheriff’s office noted. But Zachary and Joseph got into an argument and Zachary shot the victim.

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When questioned by detectives, Zachary admitted to going to the home and said he confronted Joseph after the man grabbed the juvenile’s arm, according to the sheriff’s office.

Zachary said Joseph walked onto the porch and reached for a shotgun, which was later identified as a BB gun.

Investigators said Zachary also admitted to taking a .22-revolver to the scene and shooting Joseph.


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