Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (May 9) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of shooting at two men parked in the French Quarter last October, killing one.
Christopher “Chachi” White is charged with the second-degree murder of 33-year-old Charles Lee and the attempted second-degree murder of a 30-year-old man who was the passenger in Lee’s car. White, 26, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the charges.
Criminal District Judge Camille Buras left unchanged White’s $750,000 bond amount after the indictment was read.
The second man was not struck by the barrage of 9mm bullets White fired into the vehicle parked near the corner of Bourbon and Iberville streets at 4:47 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2018. Lee, however, was struck multiple times and was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to University Medical Center by New Orleans EMS paramedics.
New Orleans police homicide investigators developed White as the murder suspect shortly after the pre-dawn shooting, which was recorded in whole or part by several nearby security surveillance cameras.
White fled Louisiana, but was arrested 20 days later after a traffic stop in Seminole, Fla. He was extradited from Florida and booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail on Jan. 28, 2019.
Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.
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