Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 31) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of igniting a quadruple shooting that claimed one life this past July in New Orleans East.
David “Fella” Patton was charged with the second-degree murder of 29-year-old Lemant Stewart Jr. and three counts of attempted second-degree murder as part of a seven-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Patton, 32, faces a mandatory lifetime prison term if convicted of the murder.
Patton also is charged with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, in connection with the violent incident reported at an apartment complex in the 6900 block of Martin Drive at 4:37 p.m. on July 15, 2019.
Witnesses told New Orleans police investigators that the gunfire erupted over a perceived slight. Both Patton and a 26-year-old man were separately visiting the apartment where Stewart lived, when they bumped into and glared at each other. The witnesses said that when Stewart questioned why Patton was staring down his guest, Patton pulled a 9mm gun and shot both men, plus a 23-year-old man inside the apartment.
A 24-year-old woman in the apartment also was targeted, but escaped injury when one of the other shooting victims shielded her from gunfire. One of the shooting victims managed to draw a gun and return fire, wounding Patton in the abdomen and forcing him to flee. Patton was arrested later at a hospital where he sought treatment.
Criminal District Judge Karen Herman set Patton’s total bond at $2.65 million after the indictment was read.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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