Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 13) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man whose botched armed robbery of two men outside a 7th Ward home resulted in a fatal shooting.
Emmanuel Henry was charged with the second-degree murder of 56-year-old Carl Batiste, and with the armed robbery and attempted second-degree murder of Batiste’s 55-year-old friend in the three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Henry, 22, faces a mandatory lifetime prison term if convicted of the murder charge.
New Orleans police said Batiste and his friend were sitting on the front porch of a home in the 1400 block of North Villere Street around 4 a.m. on May 31, 2019. A man later identified as Henry approached and asked the men to borrow a cigarette lighter, then pulled a handgun and demanded their money.
A struggle ensued over the weapon, and Batiste’s friend sustained a gunshot wound to the lower leg. He said he heard more gunshots before the assailant escaped. Batiste was struck by multiple gunshots and died in a hospital about three weeks later, on June 19, 2019.
Henry was arrested hours after the deadly robbery, after arriving to a hospital for treatment of three gunshot wounds he was unable to credibly explain. The surviving victim identified Henry as the man who had robbed and shot him.
Henry was not in custody when the grand jury indictment was read. Magistrate Commissioner Robert Blackburn set a bond of $50,000 for Henry last June after Batiste had died and Henry appeared under the murder allegation. Henry has been out since posting a total bond of $150,000 for all allegations last July.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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