With the alleged murder weapon found in a detergent box, New Orleans Police arrested a 72-year-old man in connection with a Saturday homicide on the corner of St. Claude Avenue and Pauger Street.
Donald Wiliams was booked on a second degree murder charge Wednesday after allegedly shooting Oliver Lloyd, 45, who was found by officers around 6 p.m. on Saturday bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Lloyd later died at LSU Interim Hospital.
Detectives on the scene learned that Williams had fled the area in a dark, gray Nissan Titan, which was parked nearby at the Islamic Center of New Orleans on St. Claude Avenue. Several members of the center told police that the car belonged to a man named “Bilal,” according to court documents.
That man, they later learned, was Donald Williams.
A tip then came to police that the same gray Nissan was parked near a home in the 3000 block of Louisiana Avenue Parkway, and a relative of Williams told authorities that the suspected shooter had brought the car back to the home around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
According to court records, Williams allegedly returned to the house again on Sunday and told the unnamed relative that “he had a box of detergent for the household,” even though they hadn’t asked for any cleaning supplies.
Williams allegedly insisted on leaving the box at the home, and when detectives paid a visit, they found a handgun inside, court records show.
The casings from the crime scene matched the black Beretta 9mm handgun found in the detergent box.
Williams bond was set Wednesday at $350,000.
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