Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (April 11) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting a woman in the St. Roch neighborhood last December.
Samuel Harris was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, and with the second-degree murder of 34-year-old Laverne Patton in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Harris, 19, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if found guilty of Patton’s murder.
Criminal District Judge Camille Buras left unchanged Harris’ $500,000 bond on the murder count, but left bond on the additional charges to be set by the trial judge once the case has been randomly allotted.
Patton, a mother of four, was found with a gunshot wound in her side when New Orleans police responded to reported gunfire near the intersection of North Derbigny and Mandeville streets at 9:50 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2018. She died at a hospital hours later.
After recovering surveillance video that captured the shooting, NOPD investigators identified Harris as the gunman who pulled a gun from the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt and fired at Patton.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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