Jul 132018
 

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

The three men already serving multiple-decade sentences in prison for a crime spree that included the shooting of attorney Sandy Kaynor in October of 2012 will not be tried again for murder now that he has died, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office announced Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jul 122018
 

A Sixth District task force sergeant stands outside the crime scene marked off at the corner of Camp and Delachaise streets, where Sandy Kaynor was shot in the chest during a carjacking Oct. 2, 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

The death of attorney Sanford Kaynor in April was the result of being shot six years earlier in his driveway, Orleans Parish Coroner Dwight McKenna announced late Thursday morning. Continue reading »

Jul 092018
 

Mario Zervigon, left, touches on how maintaining relationships in the state legislature helped pass the unanimous jury bill during a New Orleans Coalition meeting. From left: Representative Royce Duplessis; Sarah Omojola, director of the Welcoming Project; and Senator J.P. Morrell.

Members of the New Orleans Coalition gathered Uptown Sunday afternoon to discuss the fate of – and the impact of – criminal justice reform legislation in Louisiana. Senator J.P. Morrell and Representative Royce Duplessis were on hand to recap the most recent legislative session and how each bill was successfully passed, as well as what issues will be front and center next year. Sarah Omojola, former Policy Counsel for Southern Poverty Law Center and current Director of the Welcoming Project, touched on the legislative process from an advocacy level. Mario Zervigon, of the Zervigon Consulting Group, moderated the panel.

Both Morrell and Duplessis touched on how term limits will affect the new representatives’ learning curves, since the number of experiences legislators dwindle every year. Duplessis said leaning on longtime senators helped him learn the ins and outs of the legislative process. Losing older Republicans to newly elected ones who lack “flexibility and are drunk on their election” is going to be one of the most devastating impacts from term limits, Morrlel said. Continue reading »

Jun 082018
 

Garrett James Ward (via Orleans Parish Jail)

A real-estate agent from Baton Rouge was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the beating death of a 60-year-old man on St. Charles Avenue, Orleans Parish prosecutors said. Continue reading »

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May 112018
 

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Matthew Magrini

A motorcyclist who crashed into a canal near Xavier University in 2016, killing the school teacher riding as his passenger, was found guilty Thursday night of vehicular homicide, and now faces up to 10 years in prison, court officials said. Continue reading »

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May 012018
 

Jason Adams (via Orleans jail)

The man who drove a Lamborghini at speeds well over 100 mph through Uptown New Orleans before crashing into floodwall and killing his passenger two years ago pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide on Monday, and may now face a decade or more in prison. Continue reading »

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Apr 202018
 

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro Jr. will wait until he receives an official ruling on Sandy Kaynor’s cause of death before considering whether to retry his attackers on murder charges, he said. Continue reading »

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Mar 262018
 

Peter Curtis (via NOPD)

A graduate of the Isidore Newman School has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from multiple vandalism incidents in 2016 — including a threat to “kill you all” at his alma mater and an anti-religious message at St. George’s school — and will be sentenced to probation and restitution of nearly $5,000, prosecutors announced. Continue reading »

Mar 092018
 

Alleged “Byrd gang” members Randy Calvin (from left), Chance Skipper and James Alexander. (via NOPD)

Alleged Calliope gang member Denzel Lee (via NOPD)

A total of 10 members of three violent Central City street gangs — the Byrd gang, the 3NG gang and the Calliope gang — have all been indicted on variety of gun and drug charges, as well as new charges in the murder of 1-year-old Keira Holmes in 2011. Continue reading »

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Mar 072018
 

Rendell Brown (via Orleans Parish jail)

A teenager pleaded guilty on Tuesday to killing a Domino’s Pizza driver in Mid-City and robbing a woman in a Newcomb Boulevard driveway the previous day in 2014, and he has been sentenced to 40 years in prison, prosecutors announced. Continue reading »

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Feb 022018
 

Isaac Fields (via Orleans Parish District Attorney)

A man nicknamed the “Ring Robber” by police during a spree of attacks on women in the Uptown, Irish Channel and Lakeview areas in the late 1990s and early 2000s was indicted this week on rape and kidnapping charges in connection with two incidents more than 17 years ago, Orleans Parish prosecutors said. Continue reading »

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Jan 262018
 

Johntrell Washington (via opcso.org upon arrest in 2014)

A 21-year-old man was found guilty by a New Orleans jury on Thursday of killing one woman in Central City in 2014, then plotting to kill another woman he erroneously thought was a witness a year later, according to Orleans Parish prosecutors. Continue reading »

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Jan 042018
 

Judicial candidates (top from left) Richard Perque, Ellen Hazeur and (bottom left) Taetrece Harrison qualified by Thursday morning, and Richard Duplantier was expected to do so soon. (photos by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

New Orleans attorney and former judicial candidate Richard Perque was waiting in the cold yesterday with his family to be the first candidate to qualify for Civil District Court Division A. The seat was formerly held by Tiffany Chase who was recently elected to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. The Louisiana Supreme Court appointed longtime civil rights activist Henry Julien, husband of CDC Judge Ethel Julien, to sit ad hoc. Continue reading »

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