An Orleans Parish grand jury was busy Thursday, issuing indictments against seven defendants in four separate murder cases.
Johnquell Bibbins, 27, faces counts of second-degree murder and aggravated flight from an officer in the Aug. 3 death of Jonathan Ruth, a 32-year-old man who was shot in the head three times in the 2200 block of Delachaise Street.
Assistant District Attorney Irena Zajickova said Bibbins led police on a high-speed car chase after an attempted traffic stop two days later. She said Bibbins has prior convictions that include aggravated battery, along with an open second-degree battery case.
Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich set bail at $1.5 million for Bibbins.
Dontrell Lafayette, 17, and Larry Pierre and Lejeune “Lottie” Jackson, both 18, were indicted in the July 7 killing of 31-year-old William Howard inside his car in the Little Woods neighborhood of New Orleans East.
Zajickova said Lafayette “basically lured the victim to the place. The homicide happened under the pretense of buying marijuana.” She said Pierre and Jackson “converged upon the victim,” who was shot more than 20 times. His vehicle also was stolen, she said. Lafayette fled to Texas and had to be extradited back to New Orleans.
Zibilich set bail at $1 million for each of the three defendants.
The grand jury also indicted Brandon “Real One” Guidry on counts of second-degree murder and attempted murder in the March 21 slaying of Bruce Tims and an alleged attempt on a second victim.
Tims, 25, was gunned down about 5 a.m. at Bourbon and Conti streets in the French Quarter. A 28-year-old man also was shot but survived.
Aja Doucette, 22, was indicted as an accessory after the fact to both of those crimes.
Zibilich ordered Guidry, who was apprehended in Florida, held in lieu of $1.5 million bail. He increased the requested bail for Doucette, setting it at $500,000 on each of the two counts. She remains at large.
An indictment also was issued for Shamira Menendez in the Aug. 21 slaying of her cousin, Dereck Green, 38, who was stabbed to death outside a home in the Desire neighborhood.
Zibilich set a $1.5 million bail for Menendez, whose clothes were soaked in blood when police arrived on the scene, a front porch on Clouet Street.
Menendez, a 37-year-old hotel housekeeper and mother of six, has an old conviction for cocaine possession and some worthless-checks cases in Jefferson Parish.