Bryon Johnson, Devante Billy and Charles Carter are all charged with armed robbery, attempted murder and aggravated burglary in the Oct. 2 shooting of attorney Sandy Kaynor, said Christopher Bowman, spokesman for District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office. The other counts in the indictment refer to a 2011 robbery in New Orleans East, a robbery in the Lakeview area the same day as the Kaynor shooting, a murder charge from two weeks afterward, though not all suspects were involved in all cases.
The counts include:
- Armed robbery, May 2, 2011, in the 7800 block of Reed: Byron Johnson
- Armed robbery, attempted murder, carjacking, Oct. 2, 2012, in the 3400 block of Camp Street: Byron Johnson, Billy and Carter. Bond for each suspect in this case alone is set at $1.5 million.
- Simple burglary of a vehicle, Oct. 2, 2012, in the 200 block of Bellaire Drive: Byron Johnson
- Armed robbery, Oct. 2, 2012, in the 200 block of Bellaire: Byron Johnosn, Billy and Carter
- Possession of stolen property, Oct. 2, 2012, in the 1200 block of the Interstate 10 service road: Byron Johnson and Billy
- Simple burglary of a vehicle, Oct. 2, 2012, in the 2400 block of Lark: Byron Johnson
- Possession of stolen property, Oct. 2, 2012, in the 2400 block of Lark: Byron Johnson
- Possession of stolen property, Oct. 2, 2012, in the 6300 block of Chef Menteur Highway: Byron Johnson
- Possession of stolen property, Oct. 4, 2012, in the 8800 block of Gervais Street: Shantell Johnson, the sister of Byron Johnson
- Second-degree murder and armed robbery of Valan May, Oct. 19, 2012, in the 7800 block of Burke: Billy and Carter. The bonds in this case are set at $1.5 million as well.
Bowman said the cases are all interrelated but declined to elaborate on how the crime spree unfolded, saying that those facts are part of the trial strategy that he did not want to discuss in the media. The case will be complex, with multiple defendants, he noted.
“District Attorney Cannizzaro has proven that he wants to address crime as more than a single incident at a single time,” Bowman said. “The jury will be able to see a more complete picture of what was occurring.”
Byron Johnson’s sister, Shantell Johnson, was separately charged in the Nov. 9 robbery of a bicyclist at General Taylor and Chestnut streets, in which the victim was knocked from the bicycle by a blow from a car and then robbed by the vehicle’s occupants. That case is still proceeding, according to court records.