NY woman accused in 1984 murder arrives in BR

Leila Mulla
Leila Mulla

A woman arrested by New York authorities Dec. 3 in the 1984 slaying of Crowley businessman Gary Kergan arrived in Baton Rouge late Thursday night following her extradition to Louisiana, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department news release.

Leila Mulla, 47, of Astoria, N.Y., was transported to Baton Rouge after being arrested by New York police and the Queens, N.Y., District Attorney’s Office.

Mulla was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Thursday with criminal conspiracy, simple robbery and second-degree murder. Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said in a Friday news release that Mulla’s murder count will be changed to first-degree murder.

“My family is tremendously relieved that Leila Mulla has been extradited to finally face justice in the brutal 1984 death of my brother, Gary Kergan,” Ted Kergan said in a statement.

Ronald Dalton Dunnagan, 64, of Bossier City, was arrested by the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Dec. 4 on counts of first-degree murder, simple robbery and criminal conspiracy in the case.

The two are accused of conspiring to rob and kill Kergan sometime around Nov. 29, 1984, when Kergan was last seen alive at Mulla’s north Baton Rouge home, police have said.

“My family is confident that as the facts of the case continue to unfold, it will become clear that Leila Mulla and Ronald Dunnagan planned all along to lure Gary into a trap and take his life,” Kergan said.

The State Police Crime Lab recently retested blood found in Kergan’s car, which was discovered abandoned near Metairie. The test confirmed the blood was Kergan’s, police have said.

Mulla is being held in Parish Prison without bail.