Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 1) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans woman accused of a June double-shooting in Mid-City that left one woman dead and
Breonna Green was charged with the second-degree murder of Lashonda Temple, the attempted second-degree murder of a second woman, and with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation in a
three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Green, 26, faces a mandatory lifetime prison term if convicted on the murder charge. The attempted murder count carries a sentence of 10 to 50 years, and the obstruction count is punishable by up to 40 years upon conviction.
Temple, 22 and pictured above left, was killed by a single gunshot to the chest after witnesses said Green fired a pistol at two women she was arguing with in the parking lot of the Marquis Apartments in the 2600 block of Poydras Street. The other victim, a 25-year-old woman, was wounded in her left bicep when the double-shooting erupted around 9:38 p.m. on June 3, 2020.
The shooting victims and a third woman who was unharmed had been at the apartments visiting a co-worker identified as Green’s boyfriend. Shortly after Green arrived home from work, the other three women returned to their car. Investigators determined that Green and her boyfriend followed them back outside to the parking lot. Moments after the shooting, Green was caught leaving the scene on foot with a gun in her right hand by video surveillance cameras.
Green turned herself in several days later. She was arrested and booked June 8 into the Orleans Justice Center jail on suspicion of murder. She has remained in custody in lieu of a bond originally set at $360,000, but later lowered to $210,000 by Magistrate Commissioner Albert Thibodeaux, over the objection of prosecutors. Temple was a 2015 graduate of Northside High School in Lafayette, and was attending college at Southern University New Orleans.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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