Man, 18, arrested in fatal shooting in Violet
St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives made an arrest Wednesday in a murder in Violet, less than a day after the shooting death occurred.
Grid Reddick, 18, was arrested in the killing of Truy Jones and booked with second-degree murder, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Jones was shot to death a little before 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 3100 block of Daniel Drive.
He died on the scene.
Reddick, who moved to St. Bernard two months ago from Plaquemines Parish, has cooperated with investigators, Pohlmann said.
“Detectives worked hard on this case, and it is satisfying to make an arrest in less than 24 hours,’’ the sheriff said. “We enjoy good cooperation with the community, which is vital in such cases.’’
Pohlmann did not identify a motive in the slaying.
Jones’ killing was the third murder this year in St. Bernard Parish.
Unidentified man killed crossing S. Claiborne
An unidentified man was killed Wednesday night when a car hit him while he crossed a major thoroughfare, New Orleans police said.
The victim was walking across South Claiborne Avenue near Gen. Taylor Street about 8:15 p.m. when a Toyota Camry driven by a 23-year-old woman hit him, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.
Paramedics took the victim to the hospital, where he died. The driver of the Camry was not injured.
No charges were immediately filed against the driver, Flot said, but the accident remains under investigation.
Toxicology tests are pending. The Orleans Parish coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Fatality investigator Anthony Pontiff is in charge of the investigation.
Seven Hollygrove men face federal charges
Seven Hollygrove men have been indicted on drug and gun counts, and one with murder, by a federal grand jury.
The men were charged on Oct. 4. The indictment was unsealed Wednesday.
Charles “Chuck” Johnson, 25; Robert “Skinny” Johnson, 24; Thomas “T” Henderson, 24; Lavell “Vell” Stoval, 21; William “Will” Henderson, 20; Erskine Waters, 22; and Avian “Ave” Brule, 20, were all charged with conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and a quantity of cocaine base, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office.
Each man faces a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million if convicted.
The men also were charged with using firearms to commit drug-trafficking crimes. Each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on those charges.
Charles Johnson also is charged with murder in connection with the drive-by shooting death of Eula Mae Ivey on June 14, 2010, as well as distribution of heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Henderson is further charged with possession with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base and distribution of heroin.
Stoval is charged with distribution of heroin.
Henderson is charged with distribution and possession with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug-trafficking activities.
Waters is also charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin.
Brule is charged with distribution and possession with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug-trafficking activities.