Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 29) announced it has secured the indictment of a man accused of stalking and murdering his ex-girlfriend five months ago in New Orleans East.
Alfred Simmons is charged with the second-degree murder of 40-year-old Shareen Smith in the indictment handed up Aug. 22 by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Simmons, 43, additionally is charged with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, stalking and illegally possessing a firearm after a felony conviction.
Simmons pleaded not guilty to all four charges when he appeared for arraignment Aug. 27 before Criminal District Judge Franz Zibilich.
Smith, who has an adult child fathered by the defendant, was killed by a gunshot to the head sustained around 8:41 p.m. on April 18, 2019. She was found in the street outside her residence in the 5000 block of Westlake Drive in New Orleans East, and was pronounced dead at a hospital less than an hour later.
Witness testimony and other evidence gathered by New Orleans police investigators indicated Smith had gotten out of a car driven by Simmons moments before she was shot. Investigators also determined Simmons had been seen waiting outside Smith’s home and work addresses in the days before the murder.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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