Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 27) secured murder and gun charges against a man accused of a May fatal shooting in the Old Aurora neighborhood of Algiers.
Justin Lambert was charged with the second-degree murder of 51-year-old Charlie Harris, and with being a felon in possession of a firearm, in the two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Lambert, 33, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if found guilty of the murder charge.
Lambert, who has a previous felony conviction in Jefferson Parish for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, was engaged in a dispute with Harris in the victim’s driveway in the 2900 block of Preston Place on the afternoon of May 31, 2020. The argument escalated until Lambert retreated into his house next door and returned with a gun.
Harris was shot twice, including a fatal wound into his back, and died at the scene around 2:36 p.m. The victim was unarmed at the time of his death.
Lambert returned the murder weapon to his house and fled the scene. He returned while detectives were still investigating and was taken into custody without making a statement to police.
Lambert was booked with manslaughter before police recovered additional evidence supporting the murder charge. His bond initially was set at $100,000, but was reduced three weeks after his arrest to $50,000 by Orleans Parish Magistrate Commissioner Brigid Collins. Lambert posted the reduced amount and was free on bond when indicted Thursday.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah Dawkins presented the case to the grand jury.
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