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David Reeder indicted for murder in fatal Gert Town shooting

October 22, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 22) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man suspected of killing another man shot during a street fight in Gert Town. David Reeder was charged with the second-degree murder of 54-year-old Cleve Baham as part of a three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Reeder, 35, faces…
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James ‘Fatman’ Green indicted for murder in Algiers shooting death

October 22, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 22) secured a murder indictment against an Algiers man accused of a fatal shooting outside an apartment complex three months ago. James “Fatman” Green was charged with the second-degree murder of 34-year-old Jeffery Darensbourg in a four-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. The panel also charged Green with…
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Orleans grand jury charges Andrew Gant with negligent homicide in gunplay death

October 22, 2020
An Orleans Parish grand jury decided Thursday (Oct. 22) that a New Orleans East man should face charges of negligent homicide and obstruction of justice in connection with a gunplay incident that left a fellow college student dead last November, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office announced. Andrew Gant last year confessed to fatally shooting 19-year-old Jace Scott inside a business…
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New Orleans’ Darnell Hamilton indicted for murder after shooting death of father

October 22, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 22) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans East man accused of fatally shooting his father at their family home in July. Darnell “D.J.” Hamilton was charged with the second-degree murder of 60-year-old Rhett Hamilton (pictured at left) in the seven-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. The…
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Wanda Ledet indicted for murder after fatal stabbing of mother in St. Claude home

October 22, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 22) secured a murder indictment against a woman accused of fatally stabbing her elderly mother two months ago in her St. Claude home. Wanda Ledet was charged with the first-degree murder of 87-year-old Helen Van Buren (pictured at left), and with resisting a police officer, in the two-count indictment handed up by…
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Dwight Sparrow indicted for recent murder at New Orleans East playground

October 22, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 22) announced it secured a murder indictment against a man accused of fatally shooting another man at a New Orleans East playground in August. Dwight Sparrow was charged with the second-degree murder of 33-year-old Benny Roberts in the three-count indictment handed up Sept. 10 by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Sparrow also…
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Casual chat between prosecutors triggers indictment for a 1975 New Orleans rape

October 8, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 8) secured an indictment against a man linked by DNA results to the 1975 sexual assault of a Tulane University student who was raped at gunpoint in her Uptown New Orleans apartment. Ronald Craig was charged with one count each of aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping in the two-count indictment handed up…
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Joint OPDA-NOPD SAKI task force honored by Metropolitan Crime Commission awards

October 1, 2020
Members of a joint New Orleans task force of cold-case rape prosecutors and investigators were honored Thursday (Oct. 1) at District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office, where they received the prestigious 2020 Excellence In Law Enforcement award from the Metropolitan Crime Commission. MCC President Rafael Goyeneche presented the awards to members of the SAKI units (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative) of the…
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Timothy Trader indicted for murder outside New Orleans East apartment building

October 1, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 1) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of shooting two teens — one fatally — outside a New Orleans East apartment building in August 2019. Timothy Trader was charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Rontrell Henry and the attempted second-degree murder of a 16-year-old boy in the…
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Breonna Green indicted for murder of woman in Mid-City double shooting

October 1, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 1) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans woman accused of a June double-shooting in Mid-City that left one woman dead and another injured. Breonna Green was charged with the second-degree murder of Lashonda Temple, the attempted second-degree murder of a second woman, and with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation…
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