Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Sept. 24) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of a fatal shooting in the St. Claude neighborhood in January.
Phillip Pleasant is charged with the second-degree murder of 25-year-old Alexander Hall. Pleasant 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.
New Orleans police responding to reports of a shooting arrived to find Hall suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in a driveway in the 1300 block of France Street on Jan. 4, 2020. The shooting was reported at 2:54 p.m. and Hall was pronounced dead about 10 minutes later, despite the medical efforts of New Orleans EMS personnel.
Hall was speaking with an acquaintance when a dark colored SUV pulled up and stopped behind him. Multiple witnesses identified Pleasant as the gunman who emerged from the vehicle’s back seat and began firing at Hall with a long assault-style rifle.
Pleasant, 35, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the murder charge, and up to 40 years if found guilty on the obstruction count. The gun charge carries a penalty ranging from 5 to 20 years.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah Dawkins presented the case to the grand jury.
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