Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office late Tuesday night (March 19) secured the conviction of a gunman who murdered a man at a New Orleans East gas station in April 2017.
An Orleans Parish jury deliberated 50 minutes before finding Charles Monroe guilty as charged of second-degree murder in the slaying of 24-year-old Lance McCormick. The same jury acquitted Monroe of a second charge of obstructing justice in a homicide investigation. The verdicts were announced around 10:10 p.m.
Monroe faces a mandatory lifetime prison term when Criminal District Judge Paul Bonin imposes his sentence on March 29.
Monroe, 36, shot McCormick multiple times and chased him into the convenience store of the Discount Zone at 6711 Chef Menteur Hwy. Video surveillance cameras captured McCormick collapsing outside the store, struggling to his feet, then attempting to fight off Monroe inside the store before being killed by a gunshot to the head. The killing occurred at about 12:24 p.m. on April 30, 2017.
“This was a particularly brutal murder, according to the video evidence,” Cannizzaro said. “This victim was fighting for his life and essentially was executed by this defendant.”
Additional video evidence showed Monroe following McCormick about 30 yards from the 4200 block of Reynes Street into the store, with a gun in his hand throughout the pursuit.
Assistant District Attorneys Michael Trummel and Inga Petrovich prosecuted the case.
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