Case involving juvenile transferred to state court

A state district judge has granted a motion to transfer an attempted murder case involving a 16-year-old boy from juvenile court to state District Court where he can be tried as an adult, East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court records show.

Tramion Catherine, 9888 E. Tampa Drive, Baton Rouge, is accused of shooting Jeffery Allen, no age or address given, on Oct. 16 at the Chateau De Ville Condominiums, 680 Sharp Lane.

Catherine was booked a day after the shooting into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on one count each of attempted second-degree murder, illegal discharge of a weapon and simple criminal damage to property, police have said.

Catherine was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Monday on a count of attempted second-degree murder, booking records show.

He was still in prison as of 6 p.m. Wednesday on $75,000 bail.

The shooting stemmed from an argument about a fight between a cat and a dog at the condominiums, police have said.

Allen confronted Catherine about Catherine’s dog attacking a cat, police have said.

Allen tried to protect the cat by kicking the dog, police said.

Catherine then grabbed a gun, shot Allen multiple times and ran off, police have said.

The motion, filed by the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office, says the parish juvenile court held a continued custody hearing Feb. 25 and found probable cause against Catherine for attempted second-degree murder.

State law says a case can be moved from juvenile court to state court if probable cause has been found in juvenile court and the offender is at least 15 years old at the time of the murder or attempted murder.

Catherine was 15 when the shooting allegedly happened, court records show.

The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office filed a bill of information March 14 charging Catherine with attempted second-degree murder.

The office then filed the motion Monday to have Catherine’s case moved from juvenile court to state district court.

Judge Tony Marabella approved the motion that same day, District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Wednesday.

Catherine’s arraignment is set for Monday.

“I felt that to best address the alleged behavior and protect the public, that this matter should be handled in district court,” Moore said in an email.

Catherine’s attorney, Nathan Fisher, declined comment Wednesday.