Darnell Braud indicted for third murder after link through DNA evidence
February 21, 2019
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 21) secured a murder indictment against a man already jailed and awaiting trial for his second alleged killing.

Darnell “Red” Braud, 27, stands accused of murder for the third time in his life, after an indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury charged him with the fatal shooting of Peter Oatis Jr. The 22-year-old Oatis was found shot to death in the 5500 block of Lakeshore Drive on Nov. 2, 2017.

Today’s indictment charges Braud with a non-capital count of first-degree murder, and with obstruction of justice in a first-degree murder investigation.

Braud was indicted last Oct. 25 for the first-degree murder of 28-year-old Jarivas Jarrow in the Leonidas neighborhood. He is scheduled for trial in that non-capital case April 2 in the courtroom of Criminal District Judge Franz Zibilich.

Braud was charged with second-degree murder in 2008. He pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter in that case on Oct. 21, 2008. Braud was sentenced to 12 years in state prison for that killing by Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson, who had been appointed 17 days earlier to complete the term of retired Judge Calvin

Braud was released on parole by the Department of Corrections on April 14, 2017, and was to remain under supervised release through Oct. 10, 2019. But that was before he was charged with murdering Jarrow, who was shot to death in front of his two children in the 1700 block of Eagle Street on May 24, 2018.

In the third case, New Orleans police investigators said Braud’s stored DNA profile linked him to biological evidence recovered from Oatis, an aspiring educator who was reported missing by an aunt two days after his body was found.

Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.