Press Releases

Public closure of Orleans DA’s office extended indefinitely

September 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 indefinitely, DA Leon Cannizzaro announced Sunday (Sept. 27). The safety protocol will not be re-evaluated until after the City of New Orleans moves into Phase 3 of re-opening, and any changes will be announced to the…
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Jermal Williams indicted for New Year’s Day murder of paroled 3NG gang figure

September 24, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Sept. 24) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of gunning down a paroled Central City gang figure on this past New Year’s Day. Jermal Williams was charged with the second-degree murder of 45-year-old Chris “Boogie” McCann, obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with being a felon in possession…
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Phillip Pleasant indicted for January murder in St. Claude neighborhood

September 24, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Sept. 24) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of a fatal shooting in the St. Claude neighborhood in January. Phillip Pleasant is charged with the second-degree murder of 25-year-old Alexander Hall. Pleasant also was charged with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with being a felon in possession…
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Orleans grand jury indicts Anderson Stevenson for sex crimes against 2 juveniles

September 21, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office announced Monday (Sept. 21) that it has secured an indictment charging a New Orleans man with rape and other sex crimes against two juvenile victims left sometimes in his care several years ago. Anderson Stevenson was charged with aggravated rape, two counts of forcible rape, two counts of oral sexual battery, two counts of indecent…
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Devaughn Staes guilty of manslaughter in New Orleans’ first Covid-era murder trial

September 16, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Sept. 16) secured a manslaughter conviction against Devaughn Staes, the first of two defendants accused of second-degree murder in the October 2018 shooting death of a man slain in New Orleans’ Central Business District. Staes, 21, was convicted of the lesser charge in a judge trial with Criminal District Court Judge Benedict Willard…
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Terrytown brothers indicted for murders in Algiers shooting that killed toddler

September 10, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Sept. 10) secured first-degree murder indictments against two Terrytown brothers accused of a triple-shooting in Algiers four months ago that took the lives of two siblings, one of them a 3-year-old boy. Rodney and Ronjae Steadman (from left, above) each was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree…
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Asrielle Wise indicted for murder of woman killed by car in French Quarter

September 3, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Sept. 3) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans woman accused of killing a French Quarter tourist by deliberately striking her with her car in March. Asrielle Wise was charged with the second-degree murder of Amber Mello and with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation in the two-count indictment handed up by…
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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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