Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office late Thursday (Feb. 13) secured a double-murder conviction for a reputed Calliope Ghost Gang member responsible for killing two men and wounding two others in a June 2017 drive-by shooting attack on South Carrollton Avenue.
An Orleans Parish jury deliberated five hours before finding Dwight Washington guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, in connection with the fatal shootings of 28-year-old Darrell “Micey” Pollard and 19-year-old Terran Young on June 15, 2017. Two other men, ages 25 and 26 at the time, also were struck but survived their gunshot wounds.
Washington, 25, faces a mandatory lifetime prison term for each killing, when Criminal District Judge Camille Buras imposes his sentence on March 5. Washington also was found guilty as charged on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of obstructing justice in a homicide investigation, when the jury returned its verdict around 9:30 p.m.
The four shooting victims, whom New Orleans police determined were affiliated with Central City’s Byrd Gang, were inside a car waiting on a stop light at the intersection of South Carrollton Avenue and Earhart Boulevard. A second car pulled up alongside at 11:10 p.m., and a gunman opened fire with an assault-style rifle.
Police determined that the second car contained members of a rival Central City gang — the Calliope Ghost Gang — which had been violently feuding for more than a year with Byrd Gang members. Investigators eventually learned that rivals Washington and shooting survivor Bruce “Stackkz” Pollard had exchanged insults through lyrics of rap music performances posted to social media and audio-sharing platforms.
New Orleans police homicide detective Leonard Bendy built the case against Washington by using images and data collected from traffic cameras and cellphone towers, tracking the movement and location of the gunman’s car and Washington’s phone to corroborate his involvement in the crime.
“I am grateful for this jury’s decision, and commend Detective Bendy and our skilled prosecutors for taking this very dangerous killer off the streets,” Cannizzaro said. “New Orleans has seen far too much gun violence associated with these two gangs in recent years. But we are determined to hold these criminals accountable at every opportunity.”
Assistant District Attorneys Alex Calenda, James Wascom and Stephen Downer prosecuted the case.
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