The slaying of 18-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer Joseph Massenburg in the West Carrollton neighborhood in April 2013 was among five murders committed by the same small crew of gang members, according to an indictment issued Tuesday by a special Orleans Parish grand jury.
The 11-count indictment names Glen “G Three Stone” Emerson, 21, and Dwayne Miller, 25, alleged members of the Mid-City Killers gang, in all five murders, committed in late 2012 and the first half of 2013.
Also charged with second-degree murder was Richard “Trey” Ward, 18, who is accused of joining Emerson and Miller in two killings: the Feb. 15, 2013, slaying of Isaac “Big “Ike” Stern, 47, at his Fair Grounds-area home, and the killing of Ricky Johnson a few months after Massenburg’s slaying a block away.
Those three men all were indicted previously in connection with Massenburg’s killing.
Along with alleging more murders and attempted murders by Emerson and Miller, the new indictment adds Tyron “Gangsta-T” Watson as a defendant in Massenburg’s killing.
It also charges all four men in a murder conspiracy, with District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office adding gang enhancements to each count.
The other murders for which Emerson and Miller now stand accused are the Dec. 12, 2012, killings of 18-year-old Lawrence Burt and 56-year-old Vivian Snyder in the 2400 block of St. Andrew Street.
Criminal District Court Judge Laurie White set the total bail for Emerson and Miller at $7.8 million each. She set the bail for Ward at $3.8 million and for Watson at $1.3 million.
Massenburg, of Illinois, had recently graduated from high school and had arrived in New Orleans less than three weeks before his death to work for AmeriCorps, a national service agency.
He got caught in the middle of a bloody feud between the Mid-City Killers and a Carrollton-based gang called the Hot Glocks, according to reports.
Emerson, Miller and Ward all were charged in 2014 with Massenburg’s killing in a five-count indictment that also accused them of murdering Johnson and of trying to kill Norman Watson the same day.
It also accused the three men of a conspiracy to kill Dejuan “Baby Ross” Williams, who apparently was the intended target when Massenburg was killed April 1. That count is missing from the new indictment handed up Tuesday.