Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 10) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of a fatal shooting in New Orleans East in July 2019.
Nicholas Mercadel was charged with the second-degree murder of 20-year-old Donte McMurtry and with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation in a two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Mercadel, 23, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the murder charge, and up to 40 years if found guilty on the obstruction count.
Witnesses and tipsters implicated Mercadel in the slaying of McMurtry, who was gunned down in the driveway of a house in the 7600 block of Rochon Drive around 9:30 p.m. on July 3, 2019. McMurtry died from multiple gunshot wounds after a dispute investigators believe erupted over a marijuana transaction.
Mercadel fled to Texas after the fatal shooting, but was arrested near Pecos on July 5, 2019.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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