Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Jan. 30) secured a murder indictment against a man suspected of fatally shooting a man last November at an apartment complex in New Orleans East.
James Cain was charged with the second-degree murder of 49-year-old Gary Sabatier in a three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. The panel also charged Cain with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation. Cain, 45, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if found guilty of the murder charge.
Sabatier died after being shot multiple times on the second-floor balcony of an apartment complex in the 6000 block of Chef Menteur Highway, just after 7 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2019. The victim was rushed to University Medical Center, but was pronounced dead at the hospital at 7:50 p.m.
New Orleans police investigators recovered video surveillance from the building that captured the fatal shooting, following what appeared to be a brief argument between the victim and suspect. Sabatier attempted to flee but was chased down and shot from behind. The gunman tucked his handgun back into his waistband before leaving the murder scene.
At least one witness identified Cain as the gunman. He was arrested on Nov. 12, 2019, and has remained in custody in lieu of a $250,000 bond.
Cain has previous state felony convictions for aggravated battery and cocaine possession, and a 2005 federal felony conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to serve 199 months on his federal conviction.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah Dawkins presented the case to the grand jury.
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