Bond hearing set for man accused of shooting medical student

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Posted: Nov 24, 2015 6:07 PM
Bond hearing set for man accused of shooting medical student

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man accused of shooting a medical student will remain in custody until a bond hearing is held next week.

A magistrate commissioner approved the request from prosecutors that 21-year-old Euric Cain be held in the shooting of 25-year-old Peter Gold. Gold has improved from guarded to stable condition, according to a statement from his family released Tuesday by Tulane University. A hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 3.

Cain was booked Monday with attempted armed robbery, armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder, according to online court records.

He showed little emotion at Tuesday's initial hearing, speaking only to confirm that he has no job, The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/1Xpa1ll ) reported.

His 17-year-old girlfriend, Nictoria Washington, is accused of letting Cain stay at the house where he was arrested Monday, news media reported. Her bond was set Tuesday at $100,000 on a charge of accessory after the fact to armed robbery, with a bond reduction hearing scheduled for Dec. 1, according to online court notes.

Magistrate commissioner Albert Thibodaux appointed the Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office to represent both, NOLA.com ' The Times-Picayune reported (http://bit.ly/1PMO2FB ). The public defenders office has said it lacks money and people to take on any more defendants, but a Criminal Court judge refused to halt new appointments.

Tuesday's hearing provided new details about the shooting early Friday and the subsequent investigation.

In a sworn statement, police Detective Walter Edmond notes that video surveillance shows a woman falling as she crosses a street, and a man who was later identified as Cain stopping an SUV and getting out to help her up early last Friday.

The statement said she resisted and the man then pushed her down, grabbed her purse, hauled her toward the SUV, and got in with the pocketbook.

Surveillance video released earlier by police shows Gold pulling up to help the woman. Police say Gold was shot after saying he didn't have any money.

The video shows the shooting and two subsequent attempts to shoot Gold in the head as he writhes on the ground, clutching his gut.

Police found the SUV the next day.

A witness told investigators the vehicle had been lent to a man he knew as "Youngin," and later identified a photograph of Cain, according to the arrest report.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Henn said Washington told investigators she knew her boyfriend was wanted when she let him stay with her.

Public defender Elisabeth Sgro argued that Washington "was simply caught up in this case." She said Washington spends most of her time at her aunt's house, works as a bicycle mechanic and didn't know the allegations against Cain.