Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (April 24) secured the guilty plea of a former 7th Ward auto repair shop owner who admitted involvement in a grisly 2008 double murder at his business.
Timothy Webb, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation, as part of a plea agreement that will require his cooperation and testimony in this summer’s double-murder trial of co-defendant Chuckwudi Ofomata. That trial is scheduled to begin July 29.
The counts to which Webb pleaded guilty were amended from two counts of second-degree murder he faced in connection with the April 2008 killings of 22-year-old Jarnell Sanders and 24-year-old Candice Gillard. New Orleans police believe Ofomata fatally shot the couple during a dispute at Tim’s Auto, which investigators believe fronted Webb’s illegal “chop shop” operation trafficking in stolen vehicles and their parts in the 2000 block of Laharpe Street.
Sanders and Guillard were last seen at the shop on April 21, 2008. Their burned and dismembered remains were found 10 days later on May 1, inside the back seat of a torched SUV that had been recovered by police in New Orleans East and released to an airport rental car outlet in Kenner.
Under terms of Webb’s plea agreement, prosecutors recommend concurrent sentences of 20 years in state prison be imposed. Criminal District Judge Camille Buras accepted the plea Wednesday, but deferred sentencing until July 30, in order to see how completely Webb complies with the memorandum of understanding regarding his cooperation in Ofomata’s prosecution. The judge cautioned Webb that she still could impose a sentence up to the maximum 40 years should he fall short of his obligations to cooperate completely and truthfully.
Ofomata currently is in federal custody, where he faces unrelated charges in a separate case involving the December 2013 robbery at Chase Bank on Carrollton Avenue. Authorities allege that Ofomata shot and killed Loomis armored truck guard Hector Trochez during that heist, and federal prosecutors have filed court notice that they will seek the death penalty for that crime.
Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Tucker prosecuted the Webb case.
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