Whether two juveniles charged in the death of Cedric Kingsby are prosecuted as adults will be determined by a grand jury.
Bossier/Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin said his office will present the case some time in the next six weeks.
"There is a statute in the children's code that says if you formally indict a 16-year-old juvenile with first- or second-degree murder, then they are automatically tried as adults," Marvin said. "There is really no hearing to determine if we can do that, if a grand jury indicts them."
The unidentified teens, along with Roshun Huey, 23, of Minden, were charged with second-degree battery after beating Kingsby.
One week after the arrests, Kingsby died and charges on all three were upgraded to second-degree homicide.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said because both teens are almost 17 and have criminal activity in their backgrounds, he feels they will be charged as adults.
The incident involving Kingsby, Huey and the juveniles took place Saturday, October 20 around 11 p.m. on Columbia Street.
"Apparently, Kingsby had several wounds to his face and head and became very combative in the emergency room because of those injuries and had to be restrained," Cropper said.
Due to the severity of the injuries, Kingsby was reportedly transferred to the Shreveport hospital.
"By Tuesday (October 23) we had all three suspects indentified – the two juveniles were arrested on the charge of second degree battery and were sent to Ware Detention Center in Coushatta."
At 6 a.m. Wednesday, October 24, Huey reportedly walked into the Minden Police Department and surrendered.
Cropper said there were indications that Huey and Kingsby had fought in the past, possibly over a female.
"Whether that was the basis for what happened Saturday night, I'm not sure," he said.