Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (July 23) secured a second-degree murder indictment against a man accused of fatally stabbing a fellow homeless man in the neck last February in a Baronne Street parking lot.
Terry Allen, also known as “Uncle T.A.,” was charged with the murder of 54-year-old David Williams in a three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Allen, 50, also is charged with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation, and with an unrelated count of simple robbery.
Allen faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the murder charge, and up to 40 years if found guilty of the obstruction count.
According to New Orleans police, Allen plunged a sharp object into the right side of Williams’ neck at approximately 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2020. The stabbing occurred in a parking lot in the 1000 block of Baronne Street in the Central Business District. Williams, seeking help, wandered to the front door of WDSU-Channel 6 at 846 Howard Ave., where he banged on the door before collapsing in the street nearby.
Williams was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead at approximately 12:30 a.m. Police said Allen was identified as Williams’ assailant by a witness viewing a photographic
The robbery charge stems from a separate offense alleged to have occurred on Oct. 8, 2019. A homeless woman who was an ex-girlfriend of Allen’s reported that he struck her several times and shoved her down while robbing her of $300. The alleged robbery occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. near the woman’s tent located close to the intersection of Calliope and Carondelet streets.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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