December 2020 Press Releases

Kevin Stokes indicted for murder following fatal shooting in Treme

December 17, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 17) secured a murder indictment against a man who admitted fatally shooting another man five months ago after both arrived armed to settle a car title dispute in Treme. Kevin Stokes was charged with the second-degree murder of 34-year-old Kevin Thomas in the single-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand…
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New Orleans’ Raymond Pittman indicted on second case of first-degree rape

December 10, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 10 secured its second rape indictment in a week against a New Orleans man, this time for a sexual assault allegedly committed more than two decades ago against a juvenile girl. Raymond Pittman was charged with first-degree rape in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. The victim, now…
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Nicholas Mercadel indicted for July 2019 murder in New Orleans East

December 10, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 10) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of a fatal shooting in New Orleans East in July 2019. Nicholas Mercadel was charged with the second-degree murder of 20-year-old Donte McMurtry and with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation in a two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand…
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Perry Robinson indicted for murder after fatal Central City morning shooting

December 10, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 10) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting another man in the head on a Friday morning in Central City three months ago. Perry Robinson is charged with the second-degree murder of 34-year-old Cedric Simmons, and would face a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted. Robinson,…
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Anthony Green indicted for first-degree rape of woman in Hollygrove

December 10, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 10) secured an indictment charging a New Orleans man with raping a woman inside her Hollygrove residence eight months ago. Anthony Green was charged with first-degree rape and home invasion in the two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Green, 36, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted…
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District Attorney Cannizzaro readies transition team to assist DA-elect Williams

December 7, 2020
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro Jr. spoke with DA-elect Jason Williams by telephone Monday (Dec. 7), pledging an orderly transition for the incoming administration following the results of the Dec. 5 runoff election. Cannizzaro told Williams he has an appointed transition team in place, waiting to meet with the DA-elect’s First Assistant as soon as that individual is…
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Raymond Pittman of New Orleans East indicted on charge of first-degree rape

December 3, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday secured an indictment against a man accused of raping a woman inside a New Orleans East home in October 2019. Raymond Pittman was charged with first-degree rape in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Pittman, 50, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted as charged. The 24-year-old victim…
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Lynshell Davis indicted for murder in 7th Ward killing of domestic partner

December 3, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 3) secured a murder indictment against a 7th Ward woman accused of fatally shooting her domestic partner in July. Lynshell Davis was charged with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with the second-degree murder of 29-year-old Frederick Davis. She faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the murder, and…
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