Teen guilty of attempted second-degree murder

An 18-year-old Lake Charles man facing one count of attempted second-degree murder pleaded guilty to the charge on Monday in state district court.

Nathaniel DeWayne Smith, Jr., also entered guilty pleas to attempted armed robbery and attempted armed robbery with a firearm in connection to the same case.

According to authorities, Smith, armed with a firearm, approached his victim on Prejean Street in July 2016 and demanded his valuables. Prosecutor Daniel Vermaelen said that the victim tried to run from the scene when Smith fired two shots at him, striking him in the back. The victim survived the attack, and Lake Charles police arrested Smith at his Mill Street home on Aug. 1, 2016

Judge Michael Canaday ordered Smith to be held without bond until sentencing, which he set for June 30. 

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