A Jefferson Parish jury took just 40 minutes Wednesday to convict Terrance Calloway of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice for the 2016 killing of Cordaryle Robert, who was shot to death after being lured to Harvey to meet Calloway’s wife.
Calloway, 30, of Houma, will receive a mandatory term of life in prison when he is sentenced June 26, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.
Judge Michael Mentz of the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna presided over the trial.
Robert, 27, lived in Slidell and had met Dana Lemar on Facebook when she suggested they meet at Boomtown Casino in Harvey on June 24, 2016. Lemar had made the offer at Calloway’s urging so that the couple could ambush and rob him, prosecutors said.
After Robert and Lemar met and drove around New Orleans for a while, Lemar told him a relative's car was broken down on Peters Road in Harvey and asked him to go with her and help.
In the early morning hours of June 25, they drove up to a vehicle stopped on the side of the road with its hood up. Calloway was waiting for them and shot Robert before he and Lemar fled with their car and Robert's Cadillac Escalade, authorities said.
The next morning, authorities in Lafourche Parish found the vehicle on fire and stripped of its wheels and stereo near Thibodaux. They tracked a used coffee cup found near the vehicle to a gas station, where surveillance cameras had captured footage of Calloway and Lemar together.
In the meantime, a passerby found Robert's decomposing body in the ditch where he had been shot four days earlier.
Investigators testified that they found some of Robert’s property at the Houma mobile home where Calloway and Lemar lived.
Lemar, 25, accepted a plea deal on April 16 and admitted to manslaughter in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence. She testified against Calloway at his trial, saying that she did not know he intended to kill Robert.
She testified that when they got to the car on the side of Peters Road — a car that was actually hers — Robert got out and checked under hood. That’s when she heard the first of three gunshots and saw Robert’s body fall into the drainage ditch, she said.
Prosecutors also presented other evidence linking Calloway to the crime, including cell phone records and the fact that his DNA was found on a shirt in Robert’s burned vehicle.
Calloway denied involvement in the crime. His attorney told jurors that Lemar lied to detectives in implicating Calloway.