Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 6) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting a cousin inside his grandmother’s 7th Ward home.
Harrison Bethley was charged with the second-degree murder of 36-year-old Darnel Thomas, obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with being a felon in possession of a firearm in the three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Bethley, 30, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted on the murder charge.
Multiple witnesses told New Orleans police that because of a feud, Bethley charged at Thomas as the victim entered their grandmother’s house in the 1800 block of Treasure Street along with Thomas’ girlfriend and their four young children. The two cousins fought in the
front room, with Bethley taking possession of a handgun that belonged to the victim’s girlfriend. The incident occurred around 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2020.
Witnesses told investigators that Bethley held Thomas down and shot him through the chest. Bethley then fled the house with the firearm, which has not been recovered.
Thomas was taken by New Orleans EMS but died at a hospital at 6:05 p.m.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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