A Baton Rouge man was booked into the New Orleans jail on a second-degree murder charge on Monday after a judge upped his bail to $1 million.
Garrett Ward, a 25-year-old commercial real estate agent, was remanded to the jail in connection with the fatal beating of 60-year-old Arnold “Red” Jackson on Jan. 6. Police said Ward drunkenly beat the New Orleans man to death for “no apparent reason” in the 2000 block of St. Charles Avenue — Jackson died several days after the attack.
Ward was initially released on bail after his arrest. However, after a grand jury returned the murder indictment on Thursday, Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman raised his bail over the objections of his attorney.
Ward wore a navy blue suit as he appeared to surrender himself on Monday. Defense attorney Lindsey Williams entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Although Ward’s relatives were hoping to raise enough money to prevent him from returning to jail, they were not able to do so before he was remanded to the city lock-up on Monday.
Ward took off his tie and his suit jacket before a courtroom deputy slapped handcuffs on him in court.