Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Aug. 30) announced it has secured a murder indictment against a man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend during a confrontation at the French Quarter diner where she worked.
Alexander Kirby is charged with the second-degree murder of 33-year-old Shay de St. Germain, attempted second-degree murder of her new boyfriend, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of illegally carrying a concealed weapon. The five-count
indictment was handed up Aug. 29 by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Kirby, 33, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the woman’s murder. The attempted murder charge is punishable by 10 to 50 years upon conviction, while the kidnapping counts each carry a penalty of 5 to 40 years in state prison. The weapons charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.
Criminal District Judge Benedict Willard increased Kirby’s $600,000 bond amount to $1.26 million after the indictment was read.
According to witnesses and video surveillance recordings, Kirby confronted the victim and her new boyfriend with a gun in a rear portion of The Clover Grill at 900 Bourbon Street.
Kirby first pointed the weapon at the other man, and de St. Germain stepped between them to intervene. Kirby shoved the woman and the two men began struggling over the weapon. The Clover Grill waitress was shot once in the face and was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to University Medical Center’s emergency trauma center.
The fatal gunshot was fired at about 12:19 a.m. on May 15, 2019.
Louisiana State Troopers patrolling nearby arrived to find Kirby with bloody hands and pointing the gun at his own head, threatening suicide. Kirby complied when ordered to drop the weapon and was arrested at the scene.
Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.
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