Image provided by NOPD — Trung T. Le
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Trung Le, the lone known suspect in this summer’s mass shooting on Bourbon Street, could face a jury within a month.
Retired Criminal District Court Judge Jerome Winsberg, who is handling the case, set Dec. 1 as a tentative trial date during a brief hearing Monday.
Le is alleged to be one of two gunmen who exchanged fire June 29 in the 600 block of Bourbon Street, injuring nine people and killing 21-year-old Brittany Thomas. His attorney has argued that Le fired in self-defense. The second gunman has not been identified.
Monday’s hearing dealt with a handful of issues, ranging from Le’s safety inside Orleans Parish Prison to which judge will preside over the trial.
Le pleaded not guilty Monday to a battery charge stemming from a fight that occurred while he was in jail. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, Le punched fellow inmate Blair Taylor in the head numerous times on Sept. 30.
His lawyer, Martin Regan, told Winsberg he believed Le was in danger in prison and asked the judge to transfer him to a facility in St. Charles Parish. Winsberg said it is up to Sheriff Marlin Gusman to decide whether Le is safe.
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