Three men face life in prison after an Orleans Parish grand jury indicted them on murder charges in separate killings on Thursday. Meanwhile, prosecutors said they had dropped charges against two men in one of the cases.
Prosecutors said Roosevelt "Gigi" Rumbley, 30, is accused of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of an unknown, middle-aged man in the 1100 block of Louisa Street in the Upper 9th Ward on the morning of May 12, 2017.
The Coroner’s Office initially identified the victim as Lewis Gonzales, but investigators later determined that the identification was based on a false ID, state prosecutors said. The victim’s name is currently unknown.
Jason Melancon, a spokesman for the Coroner’s Office, said Thursday that he could not immediately explain the mix-up or provide a description that might help the public identify the victim.
Rumbley has previously pleaded guilty in federal court to dealing crack cocaine. Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman set his bail at $1 million.
The grand jury also indicted Tyrone Myles, 23, on second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in connection with the Nov. 26, 2017 fatal shooting of Antoine Brumfield in the 1900 block of N. Rocheblave Street in the 7th Ward.
The District Attorney’s Office refused murder charges against two other men accused of taking part in the killing, Derrick Truehill and Dytrell Mcewen, on Feb. 26. Prosecutors did not explain why in a statement.
Police said in a warrant for Truehill’s arrest that he had accused Brumfield, a Bourbon Street security guard, of stealing items from Truehill’s home. Truehill told police that he was arguing about the theft with Brumfield when another, unknown man walked up to Brumfield and shot him.
Pittman set Myles’ bail at $1.25 million.
The grand jury also handed up a second-degree murder charge against Terrance Crawford, 26, who is accused of killing one man and wounding another near the former Desire housing development on Oct. 21.
Authorities allege that Crawford killed Anthony Adams, 34, and wounded a 25-year-old man inside a home in the 2900 block of Oliver White Avenue. Crawford has been in custody since his Dec. 1 arrest in Houston.
Pittman set Crawford’s bail at $1.5 million in the shooting case.