August 2020 Press Releases

Public closure of DA’s office extended through at least Sept. 27

August 27, 2020
Due to the continued prevalence of Covid-19 in New Orleans and Louisiana, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office will remain closed to the public through at least Sept. 27, DA Leon Cannizzaro announced Thursday (Aug. 27). While closed to the public, the OPDA’s office is performing essential services only with a restricted number of employees. These include representing the state…
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Orleans grand jury indicts Hoa Nguyen for murder, obstruction in sister’s death

August 27, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 27) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans East man accused of fatally shooting his older sister five months ago. Hoa Nguyen was charged with the second-degree murder of his 42-year-old sister Huong Nguyen (pictured at left), and with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation, in a two-count indictment handed up…
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Michael Shorts indicted for murder, obstruction in Broadmoor shooting death

August 27, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 27) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of a fatal shooting in Broadmoor seven months ago. Michael Shorts was charged with the second-degree murder of 40-year-old Emmanuel Varnado, and with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation, in the two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.…
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Algiers’ Justin Lambert indicted on murder, gun charges in killing of neighbor

August 27, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 27) secured murder and gun charges against a man accused of a May fatal shooting in the Old Aurora neighborhood of Algiers. Justin Lambert was charged with the second-degree murder of 51-year-old Charlie Harris, and with being a felon in possession of a firearm, in the two-count indictment handed up by an…
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Alec Billiot, 3 others indicted for slaying of UL-Lafayette architecture student

August 20, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 20) secured second-degree murder indictments against four men believed responsible for the fatal shooting of a 20- year-old college student near an area of Uptown bars last January. Alec Billiot of Belle Chasse (pictured above), along with his younger brother Arec Billiot, Caiden Fruge and Tyrin Barraza, were charged with the murder…
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Larry Rowel indicted for December 2019 shooting death in New Orleans East

August 20, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 20) secured a second- degree murder indictment against a man accused of fatally shooting a man last December in the Plum Orchard neighborhood of New Orleans East. Larry Rowel, who turns 22 next Monday, also was charged with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation in the two-count indictment handed up by an…
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Dijon Curtis indicted for murder in Central City fatal shooting

August 20, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 20) secured a murder indictment against the alleged gunman responsible for a shooting death seven months ago in Central City. Dijon Curtis was charged with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with the second-degree murder of 20-year-old Brent “Bug” Jenkins. Jenkins was gunned down near the intersection of Washington Avenue and…
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Azemore ‘Lil Vic’ Joseph Jr. indicted for January murder in 7th Ward

August 20, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 20) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of a fatal shooting inside a 7th Ward house last January. Azemore Joseph Jr., also known as “Lil Vic” and “Seven,” was charged with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with the second-degree murder of 70-year-old Lloyd Vanderhorst in the two-count indictment…
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Harrison Bethley indicted for killing cousin inside grandmother’s 7th Ward home

August 6, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 6) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting a cousin inside his grandmother’s 7th Ward home. Harrison Bethley was charged with the second-degree murder of 36-year-old Darnel Thomas, obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with being a felon in possession of a firearm in the…
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Romander Minor indicted for January 2020 murder in Central City

August 6, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 6) secured a second-degree murder indictment against a man accused of fatally shooting a man seven months ago in Central City. Romander Minor was charged with the Jan. 11 killing of 59-year-old Levi Miller, along with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The…
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