Metairie man indicted in death of BR man

A Jefferson Parish man was indicted Thursday in the Nov. 22 shooting death of a Baton Rouge man whose body was found in a canal.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Corey Joseph Pittman, 34, of Metairie, with second-degree murder in the killing of Kenneth Barton, 35.

An affidavit of probable cause accuses Pittman of breaking into a Cedar Avenue home in Baton Rouge and shooting Barton in the abdomen during the armed robbery.

Barton was later found dead in a nearby canal.

An eyewitness implicated Pittman, the affidavit says.

State District Judge Don Johnson, who accepted the return of the indictment, set Pittman’s bail at $250,000.

Pittman faces an automatic sentence of life in prison if convicted as charged.

The case has been assigned to state District Judge Trudy White.