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Claiborne man in court for 4 counts of attempted second degree murder

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A Claiborne Parish man was in court for a status hearing last Friday in connection with Minden’s Ewell Park shooting last spring.

Jamontae Holyfield, 21, of Homer is charged with 4 counts of attempted second degree murder and 4 counts of carjacking. Holyfield allegedly entered a car with persons who were not involved in the shooting and then demanded to be taken to another location.

Holyfield was in 26th Judicial District Court to request bond reduction – which was denied by Judge Lane Pittard – and a status hearing. Assistant District Attorney Hugo Holland will try the case. Holyfield’s attorney is an unnamed public defender. A trial date has not been set.

Holyfield was arrested, along with several others, following the April 2 shooting that injured four people attending an event at the park. Law enforcement officials say the shooting was between two rival gangs.

All suspects in the shooting have been arrested by Minden Police and charged with attempted second degree murder.

They include Holyfield, Jaylon Teal, Reginald D. Moore, Tyler Thornton, Jaques Deontae Burdette and Tekeldrick Webb.