Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
An Orleans Parish grand jury decided Thursday (Oct. 22) that a New Orleans East man should face charges of negligent homicide and obstruction of justice in connection with a gunplay incident that left a fellow college student dead last November, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office announced.
Andrew Gant last year confessed to fatally shooting 19-year-old Jace Scott inside a business incubator room on the campus of Southern University New Orleans. Neither the victim, who attended Talladega College in Alabama, nor Gant, who was enrolled at Delgado Community College, was a student at SUNO when the incident occurred minutes after midnight on Nov. 24, 2019.
According to statements made to New Orleans police by Gant and other witnesses, he and Scott were acquaintances who had a history of play fighting that included pointing guns at each other. They did so twice on this occasion, but Gant said he was startled the second time and accidentally shot Scott in the neck. The victim died at the scene.
Gant later told detectives that he disposed of the gun he used by throwing it into a body of water before surrendering to authorities. He has remained free since posting a bond of $12,500 set by Magistrate commissioner Albert Thibodeaux.
Gant faces a prison sentence ranging from 0 to 40 years if convicted of obstructing justice in a homicide investigation. Killing a person through criminal negligence is punishable by up to 5 years in prison if convicted under Louisiana law.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah Dawkins presented the case to the grand jury.
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