Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 15) secured a murder indictment against a man accused of a February 2019 fatal shooting at a homeless encampment beneath a downtown New Orleans freeway overpass.
Waldale Stanley, also known as Malik Touray, was charged with the second-degree murder of 51-year-old Philip Thomas in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Stanley, 23, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of murder in connection to Thomas’ slaying on Feb. 10, 2019.
Stanley additionally was charged with obstruction of justice and two counts of simple burglary of automobiles in the four-count indictment.
Stanley was arrested on April 4 in Atlanta and extradited to New Orleans after being identified as both Phillip’s killer and as a man who burglarized two vehicles at a parking structure in the 900 block of Convention Center Boulevard two days earlier, on Feb. 8, 2019.
Among the items reported stolen in the vehicle burglaries was a .38-caliber handgun, the same type of weapon used to kill Stanley at 7:42 a.m. on Feb. 10.
Witnesses said Stanley was gunned down at a makeshift tent city in the 100 block of South Claiborne Avenue, beneath the I-10 overpass near Canal Street. Stanley sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.
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