Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (July 30) secured a murder indictment against a Texas man accused of fatally shooting a New Orleans man in the French Quarter in June 2019.
Leonard Patty is charged with the second-degree murder of 34-year-old Jeremy Dilling, who was gunned down in the 900 block of St. Louis Street at 3:32 a.m. on June 30, 2019. Patty faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the charge.
Patty, 38, also is 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 recovered surveillance camera video showing Dilling arguing with and then walking away from a woman identified as his ex-girlfriend. Dilling was then approached by a man wearing red pants, who later was identified as Patty, and who had been seen earlier speaking with Dilling’s ex-girlfriend. The two men engaged in a brief scuffle before Patty was recorded shooting the victim twice in the chest on the sidewalk.
Bystanders in the video are seen running away after the gunfire, while Patty turned and walked north in the direction of North Rampart Street.
Patty’s criminal history includes felony convictions for third-degree domestic violence and aggravated robbery in Texas. He also was arrested in January 2009 on suspicion of murder in a Houston case, but that charge ultimately was refused by Texas prosecutors.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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