Phillip Dominick III

Phillip Dominick III, via NOPD

New Orleans police have made an arrest in the slaying of a 40-year-old man named Brannon Wilkens in the 7th Ward several weeks ago.

Police said they arrested Phillip Dominick III, 29, on Friday morning on one count of second-degree murder. A court document outlining the reasons for Dominick's arrest said a witness implicated him in the case but didn't elaborate. 

Wilkens was shot to death about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the 1600 block of North Villere Street. Dominick faces mandatory life imprisonment if he is eventually convicted of the killing.

Friday was not the first time Dominick had been accused of murder. He was charged alongside three other men with the Feb. 4, 2010, murder of David Neiswonger, who authorities said was killed by a crew trying to carry out a hit job on another man who witnessed an earlier slaying at the same 7th Ward house where Neiswonger was killed.

Dominick pleaded guilty more than six years later to the reduced charge of being an accessory after the fact and received a five-year prison sentence, with credit for the time he had already spent behind bars awaiting resolution of the case since his arrest in June 2010.

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