New Orleans police early Friday arrested Lil Wayne protégé Widner “Flow” Degruy and two others after they were indicted Thursday in the Memorial Day slayings of two brothers in New Orleans East.
Degruy, a rapper who is signed to the Young Money Entertainment label, originally was booked July 1 on a pair of murder charges in the slayings of a longtime friend, Kendrick “Muddy Cup” Bishop, 22, and his 18-year-old brother, Kendred Bishop. The siblings were shot dead May 25 as they sat in a Kia sedan in the 3800 block of Bright Drive.
Degruy, 23, made his $500,000 bail after that arrest and was out free until authorities scooped him up Friday on the new indictment, along with a girlfriend, Jamya “Mya” Brady.
She is newly charged on two obstruction counts.
Also arrested in the killings, and indicted this week, was alleged accomplice Jonathan “Lil Joe” Evans, 18, who has remained behind bars on $535,000 bail since his initial arrest.
A fourth defendant, Chantell Edwards, who is accused in the indictment as an accessory after the fact to the killings, remained at large Friday morning.
The six-count indictment accuses both men of the murders and a conspiracy to commit murder, as well as obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Brady faces both obstruction counts as well.
Authorities say Brady helped Evans flee the scene of the double murder, while Degruy hid out with Edwards at her residence in the 4900 block of Nottingham Court, near Joe Brown Memorial Park in eastern New Orleans.
“I’m just living on borrowed time til he FREE,” Brady posted on Instagram about Degruy, above the hashtag “@FreeFlow,” while the rapper was jailed in July prior to making bond. “NOBODY understands me like he do.”
Degruy also goes by the nickname “Esho Hero,” an apparent slang tag for his loyalty to “eastshore,” or New Orleans East.
A police report suggests Degruy had left his phone at the scene after unleashing a storm of gunfire on the two brothers and was trying to retrieve itin an interaction that was caught on a police officer’s body camera.
Police say Degruy showed up after the killings, spotted a cellphone on the ground and acted shocked, in what authorities describe as feigned surprise.
“Hold up, hold up,” Degruy reportedly said. “That’s my phone.”
Police say he also lied about his name, then changed his story and said he opened the door to the brothers’ home to the sound of gunshots ringing out. He told police he ran to the Kia and tried to call police, but his phone’s screen was cracked, so in a fit of rage he threw the phone on the ground, according to a police report.
Police arrested Degruy after viewing video footage from Bright Drive, which allegedly shows Degruy and another man running from the car after the gunfire.
Police said they identified Evans as the accomplice through a Crimestoppers tip. They said he ran when officers, following a suspicious person report, found him near Franklin and Dreux Avenues in Gentilly.
Evans, who is in state custody on a probation violation stemming from his arrest in the murders, also gave a false name: Krease James, court records show. After police ran the name and found someone else’s photo, Evans tried to lunge headfirst through the district station’s window in a failed escape attempt, police said.
Degruy’s criminal history in Orleans Parish includes a marijuana conviction in 2012 that netted him a suspended six-month sentence.
In 2013, he eluded St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputies who were armed with a warrant for his arrest on a count of attempted first-degree murder. U.S. marshals tracked him down in Oakland, California, but prosecutors later dropped the case later when a witness failed to show up to testify against Degruy.
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich set new bails for Degruy and Evans at $3.5 million. The judge set Brady’s bail at $500,000 and Edwards’ at $250,000.
After the murders, Degruy posted a picture of the older Bishop on Instagram above the caption, “Love u Blood.”
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