Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (Aug. 12) secured the guilty plea of a New Orleans woman who fatally shot another woman three years ago outside a home
in the Treme neighborhood.
Roycelyn Young averted her murder trial scheduled to start Monday by pleading guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter for the killing of 24-year-old Erica Davis on May 23, 2016. Young also pleaded guilty as charged to obstruction of justice before Criminal District Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier. Young was sentenced to 35 years in state
prison as part of a plea agreement approved by the victim’s family.
Young received an additional two-year sentence for her September 2018 plea to a simple escape charge, which by Louisiana law must be served consecutively to her other sentence.
Young, who had been working as a housekeeper at a downtown New Orleans hotel, admitted to shooting Davis around 9:27 a.m. outside a home in the 1200 block of North
Robertson Street. Young, who lived about four blocks away, was arrested nearly a month after the shooting.
New Orleans police got a break in the case when they received information from a Crimestoppers tipster, who said Young had hidden the murder weapon for a time inside an employee locker at her hotel. Records from the Ace Hotel confirmed that Young had not reported to work as scheduled on the morning of the shooting or the day after, and had not called in to explain her absence.
Young later confessed to the shooting in a statement she gave to police after her arrest. Flemings-Davillier in March denied a defense motion to suppress that statement, ruling that it was legally obtained and was admissible at trial.
Assistant District Attorneys Arthur Mitchell IV, Ashley Spears and Zach Grate prosecuted the case.
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