Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (May 30) secured a murder indictment against a Tulane University student accused of stabbing a relative to death inside a French Quarter apartment in February.
Morgan Rothe-Skinner was charged with the second-degree murder of 52-year-old Daniel Magrini in the three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Rothe-Skinner faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if found guilty of murdering his step-uncle.
Rothe-Skinner, 26, additionally was charged with obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation and with the second-degree kidnapping of his 76-year-old grandmother, who was inside the apartment at the time of the stabbing and made unable to escape for several hours.
The woman eventually managed to escape the apartment in the 600 block of Burgundy Street as Rothe-Skinner was attempting to conceal and move Magrini, who died from multiple stab wounds. After a brief negotiation with police, Rothe-Skinner surrendered for arrest. Police found Magrini’s body inside a rolled-up rug.
Criminal District Judge Karen Herman left unchanged Rothe-Skinner’s $500,000 bond on the murder allegation. Bond amounts for the two additional charges will be set by the judge to whom the case is allotted.
Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case to the grand jury.
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