Two men indicted in October killing in Marrero _lowres

Jarred Simmons, left, and Kendell Ellis

A Jefferson Parish grand jury indicted two men Thursday in connection with an October shooting in Marrero that left one man dead and an 8-year-old girl injured.

Kendell Ellis, 26, of Terrytown, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Anderson “C.J.” Massey and with attempted second-degree murder of Anaya Thomas.

Jarred Simmons, 23, of New Orleans, was charged with being a principal to commit second-degree murder and with obstruction of justice.

Both men also face a count of conspiracy to rob Massey, 29, by setting up a drug deal and driving to his home in the 1100 block of Dimarco Drive on the night of Oct. 23.

Authorities say Ellis and Simmons approached Massey to buy drugs and soon afterward chased him down the street while Ellis fired a gun.

Thomas, who was playing outside with a friend, was hit in the back by a stray bullet.

Police said they found marijuana and a stolen gun in Massey’s home and that he had a record of arrests for possession of marijuana, illegal use of a firearm in the presence of narcotics and simple battery.

The indictment handed up Thursday says Simmons stole a 2005 Suzuki Forenza from the scene, resulting in the charge of obstruction of justice.

Ellis’ bail was set at $1.1 million, while Simmons’ was set at $900,000.

The case was allotted to Judge Scott Schlegel, of 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna.

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