Press Releases

‘D-Block’ co-defendant defies judge’s home confinement order within an hour

April 8, 2020
Criminal District Judge Darryl Derbigny on Wednesday (April 8) denied a state motion to revoke the recognizance bond of Johnny Johnson, but ordered the defendant to home confinement at his provided address in New Orleans East. Johnson, one of nine defendants named in the May 2018 “D-Block” gang racketeering indictment, was released April 1 over the objection of the Orleans…
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‘D-Block’ leader Glynn McCormick murdered within 4 days of virus-related custody release

April 6, 2020
Grieving New Orleans family members have notified District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office that the man shot to death Sunday afternoon (April 5) near North Broad and Dumaine streets was Glynn McCormick. McCormick, 33, was the indicted leader of a violent heroin-dealing enterprise awaiting trial for racketeering. Criminal District Judge Darryl Derbigny ordered McCormick’s release from custody on April 1, over…
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2 gunmen indicted for May murder in Algiers that left second man wounded

August 15, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 15) secured an indictment against two gunmen alleged to be responsible for a May 2019 double-shooting in Algiers that left one man dead and another injured. Pictured above from left, Shayne Davis and Cornelius “Scooter” Ross each was charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the indictment handed up by…
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2 men indicted for murder in October fatal shooting near Canal Street

February 8, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Feb. 8) announced it has secured murder indictments against two men accused of fatally shooting a man in the Central Business District last October. Decarlo Carter, 22, and Devaughn Staes, 20, each were charged with the second-degree murder of 23-year-old Justin Jackson in the indictment handed up Feb. 7 by an Orleans Parish…
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2 men indicted for murder in October fatal shooting near Canal Street

February 8, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Feb. 8) announced it has secured murder indictments against two men accused of fatally shooting a man in the Central Business District last October. Decarlo Carter, 22, and Devaughn Staes, 20, each were charged with the second-degree murder of 23-year-old Justin Jackson in the indictment handed up Feb. 7 by an Orleans Parish…
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2 New Orleans teens indicted for murder in Gentilly carjacking that killed pastor’s wife

February 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 21) secured murder indictments against two New Orleans teens involved in a November 2018 carjacking that left a church pastor’s wife dead. The indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury charges 17-year-old Johntrell Robinson (pictured above left) and 18-year-old Edwin Cottrell (above right) each with the second-degree murder of Jeannot…
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2 New Orleans teens plead guilty to kidnapping woman motorist at gunpoint

April 9, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Tuesday (April 9) secured guilty pleas from two New Orleans teenagers who kidnapped a woman motorist at gunpoint to escape from an auto accident scene last December in Gentilly. Brandon Dean, 17 and pictured above, and Dwayne Fortenberry, 15, entered their guilty pleas before Criminal District Judge Laurie White. Their sentences will be imposed…
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2 plead guilty to 2015 Dollar General armed robbery that left accomplice dead

April 9, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Tuesday (April 9) secured the guilty pleas of two men whose armed robbery of a New Orleans East store in 2015 led to an accomplice being fatally shot by police. Stepbrothers Halbert Adams (pictured above left) and Spencer Banks, both 28, averted their scheduled trials by pleading guilty before Criminal District Judge Benedict Willard.…
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2 plead guilty to 2017 ambush killing of teen in New Orleans East

November 4, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (Nov. 4) secured the guilty pleas of two gunmen who killed a teen in a 2017 ambush attack in New Orleans East. Pictured above from left, Keaun Jones and Elliot Peters averted their scheduled murder trial when they entered into plea agreements before Criminal District Judge Karen Herman. Each pleaded guilty to an…
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2 plead guilty to Canal Street shooting that left tourist bystander wounded

March 18, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (March 18) secured the guilty pleas of two people responsible for a daytime shooting that left a tourist wounded on Canal Street last September. Gunman Byron Wilson and his girlfriend Derrion Robinson, who encouraged the Sunday afternoon shooting, entered into felony plea agreements that were approved by their victim and by Criminal District…
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