Two West Bank men were indicted in Jefferson Parish on Thursday in connection with a December shootout that killed a 15-year-old honor student while she sat inside her aunt’s house in Harvey.
A grand jury handed up a six-count indictment against Romalis Levier, 18; and Bryan Smith, 22..
Levier was charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the killing of Shamarie Joseph, who was struck by a bullet that came through a wall Dec. 22.
Levier also was charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of the pain medication tramadol.
Smith also was charged with one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Authorities said Levier and Emmet Garrison, 17, got into a shootout in the 1600 block of Apache Drive, Garrison with a 9mm handgun and Levier with a .22-caliber handgun. Garrison was injured in the shooting. Smith was arrested shortly afterward when he was found with Levier trying to destroy evidence, police said.
Judge Michael Mentz of 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna granted a request by prosecutors with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office to increase Levier’s bail to $1.53 million. He set and Smith’s bail at $250,000.
An attachment was issued for the arrest of Smith, who had bonded out after his initial arrest.
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Editor’s Note: This story was changed on Feb. 19 to reflect that Romalis Levier was charged with attempted second-degree murder, not Emmett Garrison, his victim. The New Orleans Advocate regrets the error.