Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Sept. 24) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of gunning down a paroled Central City gang figure on this past New Year’s Day.
Jermal Williams was charged with the second-degree murder of 45-year-old Chris “Boogie” McCann, 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.
Williams, 27, faces a mandatory lifetime prison term if convicted on the murder charge. He faces up to 40 years if found guilty on the obstruction count, and 5 to 20 years if convicted on the firearm charge.
Authorities said McCann, pictured at left, held a prominent role in Central City’s 3NG gang, a criminal enterprise that derived its name trafficking in narcotics and violence from a hub near Third and Galvez streets. McCann was among several defendants swept up as part of a 2014 racketeering indictment brought by Cannizzaro’s office that for a time crippled the street gang’s leadership and operations.
McCann was the first in the case to plead guilty as charged, to felony counts of racketeering and conspiracies to distribute cocaine and heroin. He received a 20-year prison sentence that was backdated to 2013. State corrections officials released McCann in July 2019 on “good time” credits, after he had served 35 percent of his racketeering sentence and a concurrent eight-year term for a 2008 manslaughter conviction.
The early release put McCann back on the streets, enabling him to be driving a red Chevrolet Avalanche truck at 5:37 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2020. McCann was in his vehicle at a strip mall on the corner of Louisiana and South Claiborne avenues, the scene of previous gang-related shootings in New Orleans.
Video surveillance images captured the occupant of a white Chevrolet Colorado truck later traced to Williams opening fire on McCann. The paroled gang member was struck multiple times and drove his truck into a nearby utility pole. He died shortly after being taken to University Medical Center.
Through the course of a lengthy investigation, New Orleans police detectives found and surveilled Williams. They obtained a search warrant for his apartment in Algiers, which contained a hidden gun that was matched by ballistics results to the fatal shooting of McCann, along with other evidence linking him to the killing.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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