Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 22) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man suspected of killing another man shot during a street fight in Gert Town.
David Reeder was charged with the second-degree murder of 54-year-old Cleve Baham as part of a three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Reeder, 35, faces a mandatory lifetime prison term if found guilty of the murder charge.
The panel additionally charged Reeder, who is also known by his nickname “Cee Wee,” with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation and with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Reeder faces up to 40 years if convicted on the obstruction count, and 5 to 20 years if found guilty on the gun charge.
Baham was found bleeding in the street on the night of Aug. 7, 2020, and was pronounced dead after being taken to University Medical Center. The first report of shots fired in the 7900 block of Olive Street came at 9:10 p.m.
New Orleans police located witnesses and video surveillance footage that helped identify Reeder as Baham’s killer. Detectives determined that as the two men argued, Reeder struck Baham with a section of metal pipe before shooting the victim in the abdomen. Reeder’s criminal history includes narcotics-related convictions in 2004 and 2017, and a weapons violation in 2008 that brought a four-year sentence.
At the time of Baham’s killing, Reeder was out on a $9,000 bond while awaiting trial for aggravated battery and marijuana possession.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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