A New Orleans man accused of killing a woman and her 8-year-old daughter and shooting another woman during a domestic dispute in March now faces a pair of first-degree murder counts and other charges from a pair of state grand jury indictments issued Thursday.
Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich set bail for Dwayne Martin at $15 million, nearly double what prosecutors with District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office sought.
“He doesn’t deserve any bond,” based on the allegations, Zibilich said.
Martin, 25, remains jailed in Florida, where he fled and threatened a homeowner with a hammer for gasoline money while on the lam after the March 3 double homicide, authorities said.
Martin is accused of firing two fatal shots into his 25-year-old girlfriend, Walesha Williams, during a domestic dispute at a house in the 14500 block of Duane Road in New Orleans East.
He then headed outside and shot a 39-year-old woman in the chest and neck, Assistant District Attorney Irena Zajickova said Thursday, before he returned inside the house and shot 8-year-old Paris Williams in the head, killing her.
Walesha Williams died at the scene, while her daughter and the other victim were taken to the hospital. Paris died later that day.
The next day, prosecutors allege, Martin stole a 2006 Suzuki vehicle from a woman at gunpoint and fled to Florida.
He is expected to be brought back to New Orleans to face the murder charges.
Zibilich set Martin’s bail at $5 million for each murder count and $2.5 million each on counts of attempted murder and armed robbery. Cannizzaro’s office had sought bail of $1.5 million on each of the murder counts.
Martin’s criminal history includes a six-month jail stint in 2012 after his conviction on four counts of resisting arrest with force, four counts of battery on a police officer, one count of simple escape and one count of resisting an officer.
He also pleaded guilty to simple battery in 2010. He has other arrests on counts of burglary, theft and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, although those charges were dropped.
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