Warrant: DNA linked Baton Rouge man to Bourbon Street murder _lowres

Terry Mack

Genetic evidence found on a knit cap linked a Baton Rouge man to the fatal shooting of a Bourbon Street bouncer during Bayou Classic weekend, New Orleans police said in an arrest warrant.

Authorities in Baton Rouge arrested 22-year-old Terry Mack last month on an unrelated charge, and on Tuesday he was booked in New Orleans on a count of second-degree murder. Police allege that Mack killed 26-year-old Brandon Robinson after an argument in the early morning of Nov. 28.

A judge set bail for Mack at $750,000, and he remained in jail Wednesday.

The shooting happened as Bourbon Street swelled with crowds in advance of the Bayou Classic football game. Robinson was standing in the 300 block of Bourbon Street in front of the Prohibition Bar about 1:30 a.m. He worked at the bar as a bouncer, but it was closed that night.

Surveillance video captured an argument that broke out between Robinson and a group of men. It showed several men punched Robinson, and one then pulled out a gun and shot him at close range.

No suspects were captured at the scene. But homicide Detective Drew Deacon wrote in an arrest warrant application that investigators using surveillance footage were able to zero in on a “distinct” knit cap worn by the shooter.

Police said that as the suspect fled the scene, the cap fell to the ground. It was recovered by police technicians, according to the warrant, and was sent to the State Police Crime Lab for DNA testing.

DNA already on file proved a match for Mack, according to the warrant. His DNA may have been on file from an October arrest in Baton Rouge for drug possession. A new swab taken from Mack’s cheek after he was arrested in Baton Rouge on Jan. 21 on a probation violation also matched the DNA profile found on the cap.

Detectives said that under questioning, Mack admitted to being in New Orleans during the Bayou Classic and even to hearing gunshots on Bourbon Street.

Mack also looks similar to the man seen on the video shooting Robinson, according to police.

The warrant for his arrest was obtained Jan. 28.