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CADDO PARISH - It's been less than one month since a Barksdale airman was gunned down in front of his own home.

Two teens were arrested for his murder and charged with 2nd Degree Murder.

That murder happened in the early morning hours and allegedly stemmed from a would-be car burglary, but what were these kids doing out that late and where were their parents? We also wanted to know if parents of juvenile offenders are ever held accountable for their child's actions. KTBS 3 News reached out to the Caddo District Attorney's Office for answers.

Wilbert Pryor, the Chief Deputy District Attorney for Caddo Parish, says it depends on what time the offense was committed.

"We've asked law enforcement to investigate if the crime was committed past curfew hours and if there's not a good reason, we expect to prosecute."

Curfew in Caddo and Bossier parishes is between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Parents whose children commit a crime during curfew hours will be prosecuted on charges of improperly supervising a minor.

Parents convicted of improperly supervising a minor face a sentence of one month in jail, a $250 fine, and 40 hours of community service.

Pryor says parents who can't control their children can file an ungovernable juvenile petition with juvenile court.

"The court will assign a probation officer who will provide rules for that child to follow. That's your parental help in the law if you can't get a hold of your child."

Pryor say the DA's office understands that sometimes parents need help with their children.

Pryor says the ultimate goal is to wake parents up and encourage them to take an active role in their children's lives.

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