A Jefferson Parish jury convicted Kendell Ellis of second-degree murder Friday for the shooting death of a man during a Marrero armed robbery attempt and of wounding an 8-year-old girl who was playing outside her cousin’s home.
Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said Ellis, 29, of Terrytown, was also convicted of attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
His trial was held this week in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna. Judge Henry Sullivan will sentence Ellis on Feb. 20, Connick’s office said.
A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence, without benefit of parole, probation or suspended sentence.
Anderson “CJ” Massey, 29, was fatally shot while in the 1100 block of Dimarco Drive on Oct. 3, 2014. The child, an innocent bystander, survived a bullet wound to her back, according to evidence presented during the trial this week, Connick’s office said.
The case against Ellis incorporated DNA evidence, cellphone call history and cell tower transmission data.
Jarred Simmons, 26, of Avondale, was arrested with Ellis for his involvement in the same crime but has yet to be tried. He has been charged with being a principal to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and obstruction of justice.
A conviction of being a principal to second-degree murder carries the same life sentence as second-degree murder.