Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 20) announced it has secured a special grand jury indictment charging four New Orleans youth with participating in a murderous conspiracy that left a teenage girl dead and four people injured within an 11-day span in March.
The indictment handed up Wednesday charges (pictured above, from left) 20-year-old Joshua Augillard, 18-year-old Reginald Blanton and 19-year-old Corey Harris, as well as 16-year-old Ladonte Richardson (not pictured) with conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.
All but Richardson also are charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Tyneisha Muse, who was fatally shot in the 3500 block of North Prieur Street in the St. Claude neighborhood on March 29, 2019. If convicted of murdering Muse, Augillard, Blanton and Harris would face mandatory lifetime prison sentences.
The eight-count indictment included these additional charges:
- Harris, also known as “Shoota,” and Richardson, also known as “Dooda,” are charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder for the shootings of an 18-year-old man and 22-year-old woman in the 2600 block of Dreux Avenue in Gentilly on March 18, 2019;
- Harris is charged with discharging a firearm during a crime of violence in the March 18 incident, and with illegally possessing a stolen 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee between March 18-29, 2019;
- Harris and Richardson are charged with the attempted second-degree murder of another male victim, a 17-year-old shot at a Little Woods gas station in New Orleans East on March 22, 2019;
- Harris, Augillard (also known as “J4” and “4 Shots”) and Blanton (also known as “10”) are charged with the attempted second-degree murder of another male victim, an 18-year-old shot in the back during the attack that left Muse dead on March 29, 2019.
This superseding indictment added additional defendants and charges as part of a continuing investigation into crimes for which Harris initially was accused, following his May 15 arrest on suspicion of Muse’s murder.
Assistant District Attorneys Alex Calenda and Irena Zajickova presented the case to the grand jury.
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