Orleans grand jury indicts Roderick Magee for August 2020 murder in Lower 9th Ward
January 7, 2021
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office on Thursday (Jan. 7) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of killing one man and injuring another in two separate New Orleans shooting incidents last year.

Roderick Magee was charged with the second-degree murder of 44-year-old Gerald Mercadel, as part of a nine-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.

Mercadel was shot multiple times in the 6100 block of Marais Street in the Lower 9th Ward, a killing captured by a video surveillance camera. New Orleans police found the victim dead around 5:20 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2020. Magee, 35, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the murder.

Magee additionally was charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder, after being identified as the gunman who shot a second victim in the leg about a week later, in the 1700 block of Tupelo Street on Sept. 7, 2020.

The indictment also charges Magee with one count of armed robbery, one count of obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of possessing a stolen firearm. The charges arise from four separate criminal incidents Magee is alleged to have perpetrated last year between Aug. 31 and Sept. 15.

Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.