Press Releases

Jorge Hernandez indicted for kidnapping, raping 3 New Orleans women

June 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 27) secured an indictment charging a man with kidnapping and raping three women in New Orleans over the past six years. Jorge Hernandez was charged with three counts of aggravated kidnapping and three counts of first-degree (or aggravated) rape in the indictment handed up by the Orleans Parish grand jury. Hernandez, 37,…
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Robert Froeba indicted for murder of man bludgeoned with rock outside church

June 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday secured a murder indictment against a man accused of bludgeoning another man to death with a rock outside a Central City church in February. Robert Froeba was charged with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation and with the second-degree murder of 30-year-old Jose Hernandez in the two-count indictment handed up by an…
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Eugene Weather indicted for Algiers murder, Hollygrove carjacking

June 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 27) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting a man in Algiers in April and carjacking a second victim nearly a week later in Hollygrove. Eugene Weather was charged with the second-degree murder of Jonathon Simmons, obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, carjacking and being…
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New Orleans teen indicted for murder in February shooting of Hollygrove youth

June 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 27) secured a murder indictment against a 16-year-old juvenile accused of fatally shooting a 14-year-old boy in Hollygrove in February. Latrell Alexis (aka Alexis Latrell) was charged with the second-degree murder of JaMichael Frith in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. If convicted of the murder, Alexis would…
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William McDonough indicted on 3rd rape charge as 4th woman alleges assault

June 27, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 27) announced that a Mississippi man already being held without bond is facing a third rape charge after a fourth woman alleged being attacked by the defendant. William McDonough, 46, was charged late Wednesday with second-degree rape and violation of a protective order after an Orleans Parish special grand jury heard the…
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Racketeering indictment details teens’ progression from car burglaries to murder

June 26, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office late Wednesday (June 26) secured a superseding special grand jury indictment charging four New Orleans youths with violating the Louisiana Racketeering Act. The new indictment handed up by the Orleans Parish special grand jury charges (pictured above, from left) 20-year-old Joshua Augillard, 18-year-old Reginald Blanton and 19-year-old Corey Harris, along with 16-year-old Ladonte Richardson (not…
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Ashley Crawford investigation, prosecution referred to Attorney General’s office

June 26, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office announced Wednesday (June 26) that it has asked the Louisiana Attorney General’s office to investigate and manage the prosecution of Ashley Crawford for the unauthorized practice of law and related offenses. The Louisiana Supreme Court on June 21 forwarded a complaint to Cannizzaro’s office, along with compelling evidence of criminal wrongdoing, alleging that Crawford has…
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DA Leon Cannizzaro statement on Ashley Crawford

June 24, 2019
DA Leon Cannizzaro statement on Ashley Crawford “Our office has been made aware by the Louisiana Supreme Court that Ms. Ashley Crawford of the Orleans Public Defenders office has been falsely portraying herself as a licensed attorney in Louisiana. Practicing law without a license, as Ms. Crawford appears to have done on more than 100 cases across all 12 sections…
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Devin Raymond pleads guilty to road-rage shooting on Pontchartrain Expressway

June 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (June 21) secured the guilty plea of a New Orleans man who shot another driver during a road-rage incident on the Pontchartrain Expressway last October. Devin Raymond entered into a plea agreement that saw him plead guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault with a firearm. Raymond, 23, is expected to receive…
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Kentrell Lockett pleads guilty as charged to 8 crimes, including 3 carjackings

June 21, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (June 21) secured the guilty plea of a New Orleans man charged last month with eight crimes, including three Gentilly-area carjackings committed over the past 13 months. At a hearing scheduled to argue bond reduction and other pretrial motions, Kentrell Lockett instead rendered the pending matters moot by pleading guilty as charged to…
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