Suspect indicted in N.O. East motel killing
An Orleans Parish grand jury this week indicted a 28-year-old man in a Sept. 4 slaying at a motel in New Orleans East. Calvin Morris faces a charge of second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life prison term if he’s convicted. He was arrested Oct. 12.
A witness identified Morris in the killing of 28-year-old Cornelius Bentley III, according to testimony at a Dec. 9 preliminary hearing by Homicide Detective Robert Barrere.
Bentley was found lying in a pool of blood at Jack’s Motel in the 7700 block of Chef Menteur Highway with a gunshot wound to his head.
Barrere said Morris’s DNA was found on the murder weapon, although the detective admitted under examination that another person’s was, as well.
Orleans Public Defenders staff attorney Sarah Chervinsky sought to probe during last month’s hearing whether the state’s witness, not Morris, might have committed the crime.
“The known witness is the only person who claims that my client committed this crime,” Chervinsky said.
But authorities have emphasized their claim that Morris fled the state after the shooting. Assistant District Attorney Irena Zajickova told Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich that Morris fled to Texas, where he was arrested and extradited back to Louisiana.
Zibilich set bail for Morris at $1 million.
Two rapes reported Wednesday in N.O.
Two sexual assaults were reported Wednesday in New Orleans.
A woman reported a rape in the 3100 block of Gravier Street in Mid-City about 4 p.m., and a 23-year-old woman reported being raped in the 3300 block of First Street in Central City about 10 p.m.
Men stab each other near N.O. Yacht Club
Two men stabbed each other Wednesday near the New Orleans Yacht Club, police said.
A 44-year-old man was fighting with a 21-year-old man about 10 a.m. on North Roadway Street, and both wound up with multiple stab wounds. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Man and woman robbed at gunpoint
A man and a woman were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents in New Orleans on Wednesday, police said.
A woman reported she was standing outside her 2013 Nissan Altima in the 3600 block of Upperline Street about 7 p.m. when a man struck her with an unknown object and drove away in her car.
Later, as a man bicycled away from a bank near Carondelet and Felicity streets about 11 p.m., an SUV pulled up next to him with several men inside. One of them got out of the vehicle brandishing a silver Uzi-type gun and stole the man’s cellphone and cash, according to police.
NOPD seeking suspect accused of firing gun
The NOPD is asking for the public’s help in locating 30-year-old Lenika King, who is wanted on two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm Jan. 13 in the 1700 block of Felicity Street.
Police said King and the two victims were involved in an argument about 10 p.m. when King took out a firearm and fired several shots at the victims. No one was injured, and King fled in an unknown vehicle.
Sixth District detectives are investigating the incident and can be contacted at (504) 658-6060.