Two men acquitted in pair of killings

An Orleans Parish jury late Friday acquitted two men accused in the fatal shooting of a 51-year-old man in March 2011 and the murder, two months later, of a witness to the first killing.

The jury found Jerel Clavo, 29, and Chris Williams, 31, not guilty in the slayings of Shane Bell and 29-year-old Aristotle Seals. It deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before returning the verdicts to end a weeklong trial before Criminal District Court Judge Camille Buras.

Bell was shot March 16, 2011, in the 2300 block of St. Anthony Street, reportedly in a dispute over drugs.

Seals was close by and later gave his account to investigators. He was killed May 18 at Allen and North Rocheblave streets. Police accused Clavo of being the driver and Williams the gunman who opened fire on Seals.

The two defendants had been convicted earlier on gun counts in federal court, stemming from a 2006 incident in which Williams fired on a New Orleans police officer but missed.

Both men faced two counts of second-degree murder, from a grand jury indictment in September.

Man arrested in $18,000 graffiti case

New Orleans police arrested 26-year-old Devin Powell and booked him on a count of criminal damage to property (graffiti) in the amount of $18,000 for an incident that took place Oct. 5 in the 300 block of Lafayette Street in the Central Business District.

On Tuesday evening, 8th District Officers stopped Powell at Gov. Nicholls and Royal streets.

A news release did not say why Powell was stopped. However, it said the officers learned he was wanted on an outstanding warrant for the graffiti incident. He was taken to Central Lockup and booked.

Armed pair rob man in eastern New Orleans

Just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, a 42-year-old man was approached by two men armed with handguns in the 6200 block of Pines Boulevard. They demanded money, he complied and they fled.

Two women robbed in Marigny Triangle

About 11:15 p.m. Friday, two women, one 27 and one 28, were walking in the 1900 block of Dauphine Street in Faubourg Marigny when they were approached by a man with a gun. He demanded their property, and they complied.

Man shot while unloading groceries

A 34-year-old man and his girlfriend were unloading groceries from their car in the 14000 block of Wales Street in New Orleans East when a white vehicle passed them about 12:15 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The pair said they heard a gunshot, which hit the man. He was treated at the New Orleans East Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.

Man shot Saturday in City Park neighborhood

An armed man in a car demanded money from a 26-year-old man in the 600 block of David Street about 3:45 a.m. Saturday, When the victim said he didn’t have any, the gunman fired several times, striking him once, police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital.

Marijuana cigar leads to man’s arrest

New Orleans police arrested 31-year-old Jamie Davis on Thursday night and booked him on possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana and heroin, illegal carrying of a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm while in possession of narcotics.

The NOPD said that officers on patrol saw Davis smoking a marijuana cigar about 11:50 p.m. outside a bar at Washington Avenue and South Rocheblave Street in Central City.

The officers said they approached him, confiscated the marijuana cigar and found a loaded .40-caliber Smith and Wesson pistol in his waistband. He was arrested and searched, at which point the officers found marijuana and heroin. They later learned the gun was reported stolen from Baton Rouge.

Davis was taken to Central Lockup and booked.

JPSO reports armed robberies, shootings

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported several major crimes since Friday:

  • An armed robbery about 1 a.m. Friday at Brothers convenience store, 1020 Seven Oaks Blvd., Belle Chasse. No one was injured.
  • An armed robbery about 2 a.m. Friday in the 3800 block of Woodbriar Drive, Harvey. A man suffered minor injuries.
  • A robbery about 7 p.m. Friday at Severn Avenue and West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie. The female victim was not injured.
  • A stabbing about 10 p.m. Friday in the 1900 block of Carol Sue Avenue, Terrytown. The male victim’s wounds were not life-threatening. nA shooting about 3 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Apple Tree Lane, Terrytown. The male victim’s wounds were not life-threatening. nAn armed robbery about noon Saturday at the Sports Palace, 1125 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. No one was injured.
  • A shooting about 5 p.m. Saturday at Field and Eiseman streets in Marrero. The male victim’s wounds were not life-threatening.