Tyrone Dejoie said little on Aug. 30 as he watched homicide detectives canvass the home where his uncle, Gerard Dorsey, had just been gunned down in the doorway.
Dejoie, 35, said he lived in the unassuming house in New Orleans East with the 53-year-old Dorsey and couldn’t understand why someone would commit such a brutal act.
That claim appears to clash sharply with new court documents that portray both men as likely drug dealers, living with a cache of crack, marijuana, guns and cash stored in the home in the 400 block of Galahad Drive.
The filings also appear to provide a possible motive for the murder of Dorsey, which is still unsolved.
A seizure warrant, filed recently in Criminal District Court, revealed that police officers executing a search warrant found more than $183,000 in the residence on the day of the killing. Almost $100,000 was stashed in a sock in the attic.
Police also found 2 pounds of cocaine in a duct-taped package, 32 bags containing a total of 2 pounds of crack, more than 14 ounces of marijuana, a loaded .40-caliber handgun and two loaded, high-power assault rifles.
“The detectives also located several items consistent with use in the preparation and packaging of narcotics,” NOPD Officer Andrew Whitaker wrote.
The search occurred hours after Dorsey was shot.
According to witnesses who spoke at the time of the shooting, gunshots rang out about 2 p.m.
One man, who declined to be identified out of fear for his safety, said two men jumped into a white Ford Explorer after the shooting and fled the scene. “The windows were so tinted I couldn’t see inside,” the man said.
Another witness said she heard Dorsey talking loudly on his phone minutes before he was shot.
Dorsey was transported to a hospital, where he later died.
According to a police report, Dejoie returned to the residence while officers were searching it and identified himself as a resident.
He was subsequently arrested on a raft of drug and gun charges, in addition to a parole violation. He denied knowledge of any of the items in the house, according to the report.
Dejoie is currently on parole for possession of cocaine and has a lengthy rap sheet with at least a dozen arrests, the majority of them involving possession of cocaine or crack.
He was indicted in October on two counts of high-volume cocaine possession, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Dejoie is currently being held on $150,000 bail.
His attorney, John Fuller, did not return a call for comment.
Dorsey also had a significant criminal record in New Orleans, and public records show he had been arrested there on charges of drug trafficking.
In 2006, he was arrested in Texas for possession of more than 400 grams of a controlled substance.
He was on parole for that charge at the time of his death.