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Orleans Parish DA Jason Rogers Williams announces leadership team, key initial hire

January 14, 2021
Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Rogers Williams on Thursday (Jan. 14) announced his leadership team and a key initial hire to help stand up a new District Attorney’s Office dedicated to increased safety and justice. District Attorney Williams tapped U.S. Navy veteran and experienced prosecutor Robert “Bob” White to serve as First Assistant District Attorney. In his role as First…
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James Jefferson indicted for Algiers murder, and with Jonathan Bush for related armed robbery

January 7, 2021
The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office on Thursday (Jan. 7) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of killing an Algiers man who had been looking into an armed robbery involving the gunman. James Jefferson II (pictured above left) was charged with the second-degree murder of 30-year-old Jamonta Johnson as part of a seven-count indictment handed up by an…
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Orleans grand jury indicts Roderick Magee for August 2020 murder in Lower 9th Ward

January 7, 2021
The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office on Thursday (Jan. 7) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of killing one man and injuring another in two separate New Orleans shooting incidents last year. Roderick Magee was charged with the second-degree murder of 44-year-old Gerald Mercadel, as part of a nine-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.…
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Sam Jackson indicted for rape of juvenile girl in New Orleans East

January 7, 2021
The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office on Thursday (Jan. 7) secured a first-degree rape indictment against a man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl left sometimes in his care in New Orleans East. Sam Jackson was charged with first-degree rape in the single-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Jackson, 30, faces a mandatory lifetime prison…
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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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