Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (July 23) secured a second-degree murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally stabbing a man during a fight outside a Walmart store last December.
Marcus Connelly, 36, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the charge. The indictment was handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury, which convened for the first time since Feb. 20 under strict new mask and social distancing protocols approved by Criminal District Judge Darryl Derbigny.
Connelly is accused of inflicting two stab wounds upon victim Omar Alegria during a scuffle outside the Walmart at 1901 Tchoupitoulas St. The struggle took place at approximately 8:14 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2019.
Alegria, 38, staggered back into the store bleeding profusely from a wound to the left side of his neck. He died at the scene. An off-duty New Orleans Police officer working a paid security detail at the store apprehended Connelly outside, finding the defendant still holding a knife believed to be the murder weapon in his left hand.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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