Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (May 30) announced it had secured an indictment charging a Mississippi man with violent offenses against three different women in New Orleans since 2014.
William McDonough, 46, was charged May 29 in a four-count indictment handed up by a special grand jury. The Natchez resident was charged with the second-degree kidnapping of a woman that occurred on May 15, 2014. He was charged with the second-degree rape of a second victim that occurred on Sept. 15, 2016. And McDonough was charged with the second-degree rape and second-degree battery of a third woman occurring in February and March of this year.
Criminal District Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier issued a no-bond capias for McDonough’s arrest Thursday morning after the indictment was read.
McDonough already was out on a $30,000 bond and awaiting trial for the 2016 rape when he was booked May 1 with the 2019 battery and rape. That rape is alleged to have occurred between Feb. 28 and March 23, and the battery on March 23, 2019. After the second arrest, Magistrate commissioner Robert Blackburn set a $50,000 bond which McDonough quickly posted to remain free.
Cannizzaro’s office informed Flemings-Davillier on May 14 that not only had McDonough violated a protective order by contacting one of his victims multiple times, but that a third woman had come forward reporting a violent offense by McDonough in 2014.
Prosecutors declared McDonough “an absolute public safety risk” and asked for the defendant’s bail to be revoked and that he be detained until trial. Flemings-Davillier decided only to raise the defendant’s $30,000 bond to $100,000 in the original case. McDonough again posted bond and was released from custody.
Once McDonough is arrested or surrenders and is arraigned on the new charge, prosecutors again will seek to have his bond revoked.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Napoli presented the case to the special grand jury.
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