Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (June 13) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans teen who opened fire upon the front porch of a Treme home in January, fatally wounding a 19-year-old man and injuring a 9-year-old boy.
Rontrell Keller was charged with the second-degree murder of Webster Rainey, the attempted second-degree murder of the child, obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with possessing a stolen firearm in the four-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Keller, now 18, was 17 when the gunfire erupted in the 2600 block of Dumaine Street on Jan. 9, 2019. If convicted of the murder charge, Keller therefore would face a mandatory lifetime prison sentence but with the possibility of parole eligibility.
Keller was arrested two days after the shooting, which left Rainey gravely injured on the porch and the young boy wounded in the left ankle by gunfire that penetrated the house.
Rainey died Feb. 7, nearly a month after the attack, from infection complications of the gunshot wound to his lower abdomen.
New Orleans police said Keller also required a hospital visit, having accidentally shot himself in the leg as he fled the shooting scene.
Criminal District Judge Camille Buras set Keller’s bond at $100,000 on the murder charge and referred bond decisions on the other three counts to the section judge who is randomly allotted the case.
Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.
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