Timothy Trader indicted for murder outside New Orleans East apartment building
October 1, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 1) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of shooting two teens — one fatally — outside a New Orleans East apartment building in August 2019.

Timothy Trader was charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Rontrell Henry and the attempted second-degree murder of a 16-year-old boy in the two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.

Trader, 18, was 17 years old when Henry was fatally shot on Aug. 6, 2019, in the parking lot of the Walnut Square Apartments at 8501 North I-10 Service Rd. Trader, therefore, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence but with the possibility of parole after 35 years, if convicted of the murder. He faces 10 to 50 years on the attempt murder count.

According to witness accounts provided to New Orleans police, Henry (pictured above left) and the other victim had been dropped off by an adult relative around 2:30 p.m. so that they could find marijuana to purchase. A short time later, Henry began speaking with another teen, later identified as Trader, who suddenly pulled a gun from his waistband and shot both victims.

The shooting victims were taken to a hospital, but Henry died from a gunshot that penetrated his heart. The 16-year-old was treated and survived gunshot wounds to his right shoulder and left leg.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Trader in early April 2020, and took the suspect into custody on April 21. Trader has remained in the Orleans Justice Center jail, in lieu of a bond amount set at $500,000.

Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.