Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 13) secured a murder indictment against a gunman accused of killing a store assistant manager last month inside the New Orleans East Walmart Supercenter.
Kentrell Banks (alias Kentrell Baham) was charged with the second-degree murder of 28-year-old London McKnight and with the attempted second-degree murder of a 25-year-old woman in the two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Banks, 31, faces a mandatory lifetime prison term if convicted of the murder charge.
Banks entered the store at 4301 Chef Menteur Highway just before 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2020. He approached McKnight near the store’s front checkout lanes and began firing several shots from a handgun. McKnight died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds, while the woman survived a gunshot that struck her foot as an uninvolved bystander.
A New Orleans Police Department officer working a paid security detail at the store responded immediately to the gunfire. He ordered Banks to drop his weapon, then apprehended and handcuffed him before the suspect could reach the main exit. Video surveillance cameras inside the store recorded images of the killing and showed Banks to be the perpetrator.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah Dawkins presented the case to the grand jury.
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