2 Port Allen men indicted in death of truck driver

Two Port Allen men were indicted Thursday in the August shooting death of a Denham Springs man during a robbery at a downtown Baton Rouge gas station.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Phillip Carter, 22, 250 N. 14th St., and Robert Pierson, 17, 5109 Rebelle Lane, with second-degree murder and armed robbery in the slaying of Bobby Nelson, 43.

Nelson was shot Aug. 7 and died Aug. 9.

Carter and Pierson approached Nelson, a tractor-trailer driver, as he was unloading fuel into the underground tanks at the Chevron service station at 501 St. Ferdinand St., police said. The men robbed Nelson of his wallet and then shot him twice in the leg before running away, police said. Police found Nelson just after 3 a.m. on the ground next to his tractor-trailer.

If Carter is convicted as charged, he would face an automatic sentence of life in prison on the second-degree murder charge and 10 to 99 years on the armed robbery count.

If Pierson is found guilty as charged, he would face 10 to 99 years on the armed robbery charge, but the judge would have to hold a sentencing hearing on the second-degree murder count because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot automatically impose life terms without the possibility of parole on juveniles in murder cases.

The case has been assigned to state District Judge Don Johnson.