Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (April 8) secured the double-murder conviction of a former New Orleans rap performer who fatally shot two men in May 2015.
An Orleans Parish jury deliberated about 90 minutes before finding Widner “Flow” Degruy III guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the killings of brothers Kendrick and Kendred Bishop. The Bishop siblings, who were 22 and 18, respectively, were found shot to death before dawn inside a car in the 4800 block of Bright Drive in New Orleans East on May 25 2015.
Degruy, 27, faces two mandatory life sentences for the killings, which Criminal District Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier will impose on May 7. The jury also found Degruy guilty on a third count of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.
Degruy, who performed under the moniker “Flow” while associated with rapper Lil Wayne’s Young Money recording label, pleaded guilty as charged on Feb. 8 to obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the case. The obstruction count is punishable by up to 40 years.
Jurors did not agree with Degruy’s contention that obstruction was the limit to his involvement in the killings. Co-defendant Jonathan Evans and Degruy’s mother Chantell Edwards testified against him during the trial that started last Tuesday, helping implicate Degruy as one of the two gunmen who opened fire on the Bishop brothers.
Evans pleaded guilty to two amended counts of manslaughter in October 2015. He was sentenced to 20 years in state prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that required his truthful testimony against Degruy.
Edwards also agreed to testify as part of an agreement to see her accessory to murder charge reduced to a misdemeanor.
Assistant District Attorneys Alex Calenda and Irena Zajickova prosecuted the case.
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