October 2019 Press Releases

David Patton charged with murder in wake of quadruple shooting in New Orleans East

October 31, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 31) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of igniting a quadruple shooting that claimed one life this past July in New Orleans East. David “Fella” Patton was charged with the second-degree murder of 29-year-old Lemant Stewart Jr. and three counts of attempted second-degree murder as part of a seven-count indictment…
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Corey Myles pleads guilty to 16 Algiers vehicle burglaries, gets 8 years

October 30, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Oct. 30) announced it has secured a guilty plea and 8-year prison sentence for a man responsible for more than a dozen vehicle burglaries this spring in Algiers. Corey Myles pleaded guilty as charged on Oct. 29 to 16 counts of simple burglary and two counts of theft of a firearm. After state…
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Peter Grandpre found guilty in 2014 murder of Metairie’s Rebecca DeMuth

October 30, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Oct. 30) announced it secured the conviction of a New Orleans drug dealer who murdered a young Metairie woman in 2014 beneath a Desire-area overpass. An Orleans Parish jury deliberated nearly four hours Tuesday night before finding Peter Grandpre guilty as charged of the second-degree murder of 23-year-old Rebecca “Becca” DeMuth. Grandpre, 31,…
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DA Cannizzaro applauds successful prosecution, sentence of Tashonty Toney

October 29, 2019
One day after Tashonty Toney pleaded guilty as charged to two counts of vehicular homicide in connection with the March 2 drunk driving crash that killed two and injured seven cyclists on Esplanade Avenue, Criminal District Judge Laurie A. White imposed the maximum prison sentence of 90 years. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro issued the following statement Tuesday (Oct. 29) in…
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Algiers couple charged with murder in death of woman’s toddler daughter

October 28, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (Oct. 28) announced it has secured an indictment charging an Algiers couple with murder in the death of the woman’s toddler daughter. Tyrell Reddix, 27, and Shawnise Sherman, 24, each are charged with the second-degree murder of 21-month-old Brooke Sherman and with cruelty to a juvenile in the indictment handed up Oct. 24…
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Tashonty Toney pleads guilty as charged to 2 counts of vehicular homicide

October 28, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (Oct. 28) secured the guilty plea of a drunk driver who struck and killed two cyclists and injured seven others when he plowed through an Esplanade Avenue bike lane at high speed in March. Tashonty Toney averted his scheduled trial Monday by admitting his guilt in the incident that left 27-year-old Sharree Walls…
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Kendall Barnes, Derrick Groves found guilty of Mardi Gras 2018 double murder

October 25, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Oct. 25) announced it secured double-murder convictions against two gunmen who opened fire on five people, killing two, in the Lower 9th Ward on Mardi Gras 2018. An Orleans Parish jury deliberated four hours late Thursday night before finding Kendall Barnes and Derrick “Woo” Groves (pictured above, from left) guilty of second-degree murder…
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Eddie Budd, Echo Hurlburt charged with raping woman inside Leonidas-area home

October 24, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 24) secured an indictment charging a former dating couple with raping a woman they brought inside a Leonidas neighborhood home in January 2019. Edward “Eddie” Budd, 39, and Echo Hurlburt, 26, each was charged with first-degree rape in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. The charge is punishable…
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Orleans grand jury indicts 2 men in separate cases of juvenile rape

October 24, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 24) secured indictments charging two New Orleans men with raping juvenile victims in separate, unrelated cases. Jarius Richardson (pictured above left) was charged with three counts of first-degree rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping of the same 15-year-old girl in one indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Richardson,…
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New Orleans’ Christopher Steele indicted for murder at Gentilly skate park

October 17, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 17) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting a fellow skateboard enthusiast outside a Gentilly skate park in June. Christopher Steele was charged with the second-degree murder of 22-year-old David Magee, and with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, in the two-count indictment handed up…
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