Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 10) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting another man in the head on a Friday morning in Central City three months ago.
Perry Robinson is charged with the second-degree murder of 34-year-old Cedric Simmons, and would face a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted.
Robinson, 30, also was charged with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with being a felon in possession of a firearm in the three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. He faces up to 40 years on the obstruction count and 5 to 20 years if found guilty on the weapons charge.
A New Orleans police officer patrolling near the Guste Homes apartment complex heard a gunshot around 9:55 a.m. on Sept. 4, 2020. He drove toward the sound and in the 1200 block of Rev. John Raphael Jr. Way saw Robinson standing above the victim and taking something from him.
Robinson attempted to flee the scene, with the officer giving chase on foot. During the pursuit, Robinson was seen discarding a gun (later recovered in the 1400 block of Magnolia Street) and a white T-shirt (recovered from a garbage can on the same block).
After police established a perimeter, Robinson was apprehended by assisting NOPD Sixth District officers after running through an open field into the 2600 block of Thalia Street.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah Dawkins presented the case to the grand jury.
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