DA obtains murder indictment against teen in shooting death



Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced Sept. 24 that a grand jury has indicted a Natchitoches teen for 2nd degree murder.

Vontionier Pier, age 16, will be prosecuted as an adult. Pier is accused of the September 9, 2021 shooting death of a 15-year-old victim on Highland Park Drive in Natchitoches.

A conviction for 2nd degree murder carries a sentence of life imprisonment at hard labor without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. Bail for Pier has been set at $1 million. He will be held in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center pending trial or posting bond.