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March 3, 2014

Two Louisiana teens charged with murder of former Anderson man

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana police believe an Anderson native was killed by two teenagers who were trying to see who could hit the man harder.

John Bannon, 55, who had moved to Baton Rouge, died on Feb. 14 from injuries sustained during the Feb. 1 attack. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, Bannon fell onto a concrete sidewalk during the attack, fractured his skull and suffered a brain hemorrhage. Two teens, 19-year-old Windall L. Herring and an unnamed 15-year-old, are being held in connection with the assault and face charges of second-degree murder.

Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman L’Jean McKneely said that neither suspect gave detectives a reason for the attack, but based on witness tips it is believed they were attempting to rob Bannon. They might have also been playing a “knockout game” to see who could hit the man harder.

Bannon moved from Anderson to Baton Rouge about five years ago because a childhood friend lives in the city and because Bannon was a Louisiana State sports fan.

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