Oct 262018
 

Darnell Braud (via Orleans Parish jail)

Kline Lee (via Orleans Parish jail)

Two men accused in separate murders in Broadmoor and Carrollton earlier this year were indicted Thursday by a grand jury, prosecutors said.

The first indictment was in the fatal killing of 31-year-old Keyan Watkins on April 18 in the 3600 block of South Roman Street. Kline Lee, 51, is charged with second-degree murder and other offenses after allegedly shooting Watkins and another woman after an argument over money escalated, said District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office:

Kline Lee, 51, was charged with obstruction of justice, being a felon in possession of a firearm, attempted second-degree murder and the second-degree murder of Keyan Watkins in a four-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.

Ad hoc Criminal District Judge Dennis Waldron set Lee’s bond at $900,000 after the indictment was read.

Watkins, 34, died from a gunshot to the face sustained around 9:18 p.m. in the 3600 block of South Roman Street on April 18, 2018. A 30-year-old woman walking with Watkins also was struck by gunfire, but survived her injury.

According to New Orleans police investigators, a witness said Lee owed a sum of money to Watkins, and was upset after Watkins took his bicycle in lieu of repayment during a dispute on South Claiborne Avenue. Lee later confronted Watkins and the woman with a gun as they walked toward Watkins’ home with the bike.

“Until people place a greater value on human life and stop resorting to guns to settle what should be minor disputes, incidents such as these will continue,” Cannizzaro said. “This defendant has a lengthy criminal history of drug offenses and burglaries in Orleans Parish, dating back to the late 1980s. It appears he resisted rehabilitation, and now his criminal conduct has escalated rather than subsided.”

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

Also on Thursday, Darnell “Red” Braud was indicted on a non-capital first-degree murder charge in the May 24 death of 28-year-old Jarivas Jarrow in the 1700 block of Eagle Street, prosecutors said. Clad in a ski mask, Braud shot Jarrow while he sat in a car with his young sons, then fired another round into Jarrow’s head while Jarrow tried to escape, Cannizzaro’s office said.

Darnell “Red” Braud, 27, is charged with the first-degree murder of 28-year-old Jarivas Jarrow, and with obstruction of justice and being a felon in possession of a firearm, in the three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.

According to New Orleans police investigators, Jarrow was killed May 24 at approximately 8:19 a.m. in the 1700 block of Eagle Street. Detectives determined Braud approached wearing a ski mask and attempted to shoot Jarrow as he sat in a car with his sons, aged 2 and 1, in the back seat. According to an eyewitness, Jarrow scrambled out of the car but slipped, and Braud shot him in the head while he was down.

The two men are believed to have had an argument shortly before the shooting at a nearby corner store.

Because of the premeditated nature of the killing, Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald presented the case as a first-degree murder to the grand jury. As a designated non-capital case, the death penalty is not being sought, and a verdict can be rendered if 10 of 12 jurors concur.

Braud, who at the time of the Jarrow killing was out on parole following an October 2008 conviction for manslaughter, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the murder. Ad hoc Criminal District Judge Dennis Waldron set his bond at $650,000 after the indictment was read.

When he was 16, Braud was charged with the second-degree murder of 19-year-old Michael David, who was fatally shot in the Leonidas neighborhood on Sept. 30, 2007. Braud pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a plea agreement intended to avert a possible life sentence for the juvenile, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Braud served approximately 10 years before being released on parole on April 14, 2017. His parole supervision was to expire on Oct. 10, 2019.

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