Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 3) secured a murder indictment against a 7th Ward woman accused of fatally shooting her domestic partner in July.
Lynshell Davis was charged with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with the second-degree murder of 29-year-old Frederick Davis. She faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the murder, and up to 40 years if found guilty on the obstruction count.
New Orleans police and EMS responded to a reported shooting in the 1900 block of North Derbigny Street around 6:50 p.m. on July 22, 2020. They arrived to find Frederick Davis unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his head. The victim died two days later at a hospital.
Lynshell Davis initially hid the murder weapon, made inconsistent statements and told investigators that Frederick Davis had shot himself in the midst of a violent argument with her. But police said a post-mortem examination by the New Orleans Coroner’s office determined the victim’s gunshot wound was not indicative of being self-inflicted.
Lynshell Davis later told detectives where the gun was hidden, and the weapon was recovered after a search warrant was obtained. She has remained jailed at the Orleans Justice Center since her July 25 arrest, in lieu of a $155,000 bond.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah Dawkins presented the case to the grand jury.
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