Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 21) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of fatally shooting a New Orleans teenager in the Florida neighborhood last June.
Jonovan Parker is charged with obstruction of justice in a murder investigation and with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Renard Matthews in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Parker, 19, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence
if found guilty as charged.
Matthews was found fatally shot around 9:40 p.m. near the intersection of North Tonti and Independence streets on June 25, 2018. He was pronounced dead from a gunshot to the head.
Matthews’ death gained international notoriety when photographs of his memorial service at the Charbonnet-Labat-Glapion Funeral Home went viral on the internet. The victim’s family had the teen’s body positioned on a gaming chair holding an Xbox controller in front of a television displaying images from a basketball video game. Matthews’ favorite snacks were arranged on a table next to him in the memorable presentation.
New Orleans police homicide investigators developed Parker as the suspect in Matthews’ murder and arrested him on Nov. 12, 2018. Ad hoc Criminal District Judge Dennis Waldron increased Parker’s bond amount from $250,000 to $300,000 after the indictment was read.
Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.
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