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The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office on Thursday (Jan. 7) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of killing an Algiers man who had been looking into an armed robbery involving the gunman.
James Jefferson II (pictured above left) was charged with the second-degree murder of 30-year-old Jamonta Johnson as part of a seven-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Jefferson, 32, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the murder.
Jefferson and 34-year-old Jonathan Bush (above right) each were charged with being felons possessing firearms, and with using the weapons in an armed robbery of a female relative of Johnson, which is alleged to have occurred in the 4000 block of Tulane Avenue on March 23, 2019. The defendants face 10 to 99 years if convicted of the armed robbery charge, and 5 to 20 years if convicted of the weapons counts.
That robbery initially was not reported to New Orleans police. But investigators determined that Johnson had been making inquiries about the identities of the stick-up men, believing that he had been previously incarcerated with at least one of the perpetrators. Detectives believe that Johnson’s amateur pursuit of the robbery suspects was the motive for his murder about three weeks later.
Investigators allege Jefferson ambushed Johnson when the victim arrived at his apartment in the 3100 block of Rue Parc Fontaine. Johnson was shot multiple times outside his apartment front door around 12:15 a.m. on April 16, 2019.
In connection with the fatal shooting, Jefferson also was charged with a second count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation. The obstruction count is punishable by up to 40 years in state prison upon conviction.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah Dawkins presented the case to the grand jury.
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