Man accused in son’s shooting surrenders
A man who allegedly shot his son during an argument with the teenager’s mother in mid-February surrendered to police Tuesday.
The 16-year-old was grazed in the head by a bullet from Clayton Mays Sr.’s revolver about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 22 in the 7500 block of Forum Boulevard in New Orleans East, police said.
Hours earlier, the teenager’s mother’s car broke down, and she called Mays for help, according to court records. He was reported to be drunk, and the pair argued about how he wasn’t able to help. The mother then hung up.
Just before the shooting, Mays came to the home and started arguing with the mother, police said. Mays then went outside to the car for a moment and returned with a gun, according to court records.
Mays then told the woman, “I will put your lights out!” according to a statement from NOPD spokesman Officer Frank Robertson at the time of the incident.
The 41-year-old woman’s son heard the arguing and asked his father to put the gun away, according to court records. Mays allegedly fired two shots in the bedroom, hitting the boy once, and one shot in the living room before leaving the house and driving off.
The victim’s 13-year-old brother also was home but was not shot.
When reached for comment this week, the victim’s mother called the episode an “accident.”
Mays’ lawyer, Arthur Harris Sr., declined to comment because the case is ongoing. His client has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm.
In 2010, the mother had requested a restraining order against Mays, claiming that on Nov. 13 of that year, he showed up at her home and threatened her life, according to court records. Mays also threatened to take her children away, she said.
Her petition for a restraining order was dismissed in January 2011 because she wasn’t present for a court appearance.
The New Orleans Advocate is withholding her name because of the history of alleged domestic abuse.
The woman and Mays were together from 1994 to 1998 and had two children, according to court records. After they ended their relationship, the mother filed several petitions for child support in Civil District Court during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In 2013, the state filed a suit against Mays to create a basis for child support. It was one of several child-support suits brought against him. In all, he owes or has owed child support on five children, according to court records.
Man wanted in 2014 manslaughter case
New Orleans police are looking for a man who allegedly broke his girlfriend’s ankle with a slow cooker at a home in the 1500 block of Mandeville Street, leading to her death.
On Oct. 10, 11 days after the initial incident, Teita Vaughn died from a blood clot in that leg, according to the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.
The Coroner’s Office, in late February, classified her death as a homicide.
Antonio Carr is wanted on a count of manslaughter and is still at large.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
7 arrested after three meth labs discovered
A narcotics task force in St. Tammany Parish discovered and subsequently dismantled three methamphetamine labs at a Slidell home Monday, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Seven people were arrested, and along with drug-making materials, a handgun and a small amount of finished meth were recovered, authorities said.
The investigation into the home, which is in the 39400 block of Dean Road, started in February, and involved members of the Sheriff’s Office, the Mandeville Police Department and the Slidell Police Department.
Pearl River man guilty on child porn charges
A St. Tammany Parish jury on Wednesday convicted a Pearl River man of producing child pornography and other related charges.
Donald Murphy, 44, faces between 49 and 198 years in prison, according to the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Murphy was jailed in May after he persuaded a 12-year-old girl he had met online to send nude pictures of herself “performing various sexual acts,” prosecutors said.
The girl’s father had complained to authorities in New York that his daughter had been “communicating in a sexual manner with an unknown man,” authorities said. Investigators later found more than 4,000 messages exchanged between Murphy and the girl between November 2012 and January 2013.
The victim, who is now 14, took the witness stand this week to testify against Murphy, as did his wife. Jurors deliberated less than an hour before returning a unanimous verdict.
Two arrested after burglary in N.O. East
Police arrested two teenagers who were caught in possession of stolen property shortly after a burglary Tuesday in New Orleans East.
Patrick Everidge, 18, and a 15-year-old juvenile were taken into custody not far from the burglarized home in the 10000 block of Plainfield Road.
A witness who saw the youths breaking into the home and then fleeing called the authorities and provided a description of the burglars. Officers arrived in the area within minutes and, while canvassing the neighborhood, caught the two teenagers.
Everidge was wearing some of the stolen jewelry when officers stopped him, police said.
Man, 35, sentenced to 40 years in Algiers rape
A man scheduled for trial Tuesday in Orleans Parish on rape and kidnapping charges pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 years behind bars.
Gary Jordan, 35, admitted attacking a woman in Algiers in 2008 and dragging her to an empty lot. There, Jordan punched the woman in the mouth and raped her in an alley.
Jordan had been serving a 10-year sentence for a separate attempted rape when the authorities linked him to the crime. Christopher Bowman, a spokesman for District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, said evidence in the case had been among a backlog of rape kits not sent to the State Police Crime Lab for several years.
Jordan was quickly identified as the suspect once the evidence was finally submitted to the lab, he said.