2 gunmen indicted for May murder in Algiers that left second man wounded
August 15, 2019
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

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 an Orleans Parish grand jury. Each faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if found guilty as charged in the slaying of 58-year-old Joseph Powell.

New Orleans police said Powell and a 38-year-old man were shot outside a home near the intersection of Wagner and Slidell streets. The shootings were reported at 1:20 a.m. on May 1, 2019.

Powell died at a hospital from a bullet wound to his chest, while the second victim survived a gunshot to his leg.

Ross was arrested nine days after the shooting, but Davis proved more elusive.

Davis fled to the Houston area, where he initially was arrested May 8 and the murder warrant against him was discovered by Harris County sheriff deputies. However, Davis was himself recovering from bullet wounds and could not be safely transported back to Louisiana before Texas authorities released him from custody after a 30-day hold.

Davis fled again, this time to Colorado, where he was captured in mid-July by U.S. Marshals and deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado Springs. He was extradited to New Orleans and booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail on July 24.

Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.