The two suspects accused of killing 25-year-old Jessie Taylor IV told a police tipster they poured acid on the man’s body “in an effort to destroy evidence,” according to court documents.
New Orleans police, in an application for an arrest warrant, said that Victoria Norwood and Kenneth Harvey confessed to the witness “on several occasions” that they killed Taylor and threw his remains down the elevator shaft of an abandoned building in Central City.
Taylor, who had been missing since September 2013, was found dead in the South Claiborne Avenue apartment building on April 24, 2014. An autopsy determined he suffered trauma to his body, and that his death was a homicide.
Police found mail in Norwood’s name at the apartment building and a receipt in Harvey’s name, according to the arrest warrant. An empty bag of Lime Rite was also found near the remains, the document says.
“Harvey and Norwood gave indications on where the body was located and how they would destroy evidence by pouring a chemical agent on the body, details no one else would have known,” Detective Debra Normand wrote in the arrest warrant.
Norwood and Harvey previously had been jailed in connection with a November armed robbery at the intersection of Canal and North Johnson streets. They were re-booked on counts of second-degree murder this week.