Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 13) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of fatally shooting his mother’s Upper 9th Ward neighbor in March.
Kedrick Flemings was charged with the second-degree murder of 45-year-old Arvise Martin in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Flemings, 39, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the murder charge.
New Orleans police said they found Martin dead from gunshot wounds in a vacant lot in the 1700 block of Desire Street on March 17, 2019. Video surveillance images were recovered that showed someone in a Ford Expedition pulling alongside Martin as he walked, before firing several shots and speeding off.
After police sought information through news reports about the Expedition, Flemings surrendered himself, the vehicle and the revolver used to kill Martin to authorities in Jefferson Parish. He later told NOPD investigators that he had overheard Martin, a Congress Street neighbor of his mother, discussing a plot to kill him and decided to strike first.
Flemings has remained in custody since his March 20 arrest, and Criminal District Judge Camille Buras left unchanged his $350,000 bond amount after the indictment was read.
Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell found Flemings mentally unfit for court proceedings after a competency hearing on May 16. Flemings was ordered removed from the Orleans Justice Center and committed to the Forensic Division of the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System in Jackson until his competency can be restored.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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