Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Sept. 19) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans woman accused of fatally shooting another woman three months ago in New Orleans East.
Candice Lewis was charged with the second-degree murder of 22-year-old Nia Lassai and with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation in the two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Lewis, 36, faces a mandatory lifetime prison term if convicted of the murder charge.
Lewis was arrested one week after New Orleans police, responding to reports of a shooting, found Lassai dead on a patch of grass in the 7200 block of Bunker Hill Road. The victim had been shot multiple times at approximately 7:20 p.m. on June 4, 2019.
Police investigators developed Lewis as the shooting suspect based on the accounts of several witnesses, some of whom reported seeing Lewis being driven away from the crime scene and others who reported seeing her with a gun. NOPD detectives eventually recovered the murder weapon during a warranted search of a Canal Street apartment belonging to Lewis’ boyfriend.
Criminal District Judge Karen Herman left unchanged Lewis’ $750,000 bond amount after the indictment was read. Herman deferred setting a bond on the obstruction of justice charge for the eventual judge to whom the case is allotted.
Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.
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