Kenner police arrested a second teenager Tuesday in connection with the deadly shooting that erupted outside a "Sweet 16" party over the weekend, and the mother of the first boy jailed in the case was booked on allegations that she tried to hide a pistol implicating her son.
Investigators booked an unidentified 14-year-old boy on second-degree murder, two days after Renee Holloway, 17, was jailed on the same count. Both are accused of killing Jontrell Wells, 18, on Saturday night, when police said neighborhood rivalries boiled over to a fatal level.
Kenner police did not release the younger boy's name because he is a minor, but they said he was booked into the Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center to await a hearing on whether his case will be handled in the adult court system.
Meanwhile, police booked Holloway's mother, 41-year-old Phaedra Robinson, on a count of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
Police said Holloway admitted he shot a gun at a rival group, went home and gave the weapon to his mother, who pitched it into a laundry basket in her bedroom.
According to Kenner Police Lt. Brian McGregor, Robinson told investigators, "Without a gun, you can't charge him," meaning Holloway.
Investigators said they then spotted gun clips and bullets in the laundry basket. The gun hasn't been recovered, but one of the clips in the basket contained bullets matching the type of ammunition found at the scene of Wells' killing, McGregor said.
Police said they also booked Robinson on warrants accusing her of theft of goods and traffic violations. Her bail had not been set Tuesday.
Wells was shot about 10:45 p.m. Saturday outside a party in the 600 block of Compromise Street. He died later at University Medical Center.
Police announced Holloway's arrest Sunday.
Five days earlier, prosecutors in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna charged him with battering a teacher Aug. 16 at Martyn Alternative School in Jefferson, which is attended by students who are considered at-risk. Holloway was arrested the same day the attack on the teacher was reported, but the jail soon released him on $500 bail due to overcrowding.
Holloway on Tuesday remained behind bars in the Wells case, with his bail set at $500,000.