A state grand jury handed up several indictments Thursday related to recent murders in New Orleans, including the killing of AmeriCorps volunteer Joseph Massenburg on April 1.
A second man is now accused in that slaying.
Glenn Emerson, 18, who was arrested in late June, and Richard Ward both were indicted on a count of second-degree murder in Massenburg’s slaying.
Ward had not been booked as of late Thursday.
The nine-count indictment also accuses the same two men of killing Ricky Johnson and attempting to kill Norman Watson on June 21. Johnson was killed in the Pigeon Town area, in the 1400 block of Eagle Street, a block from where Massenburg was slain more than two months earlier.
When Emerson was arrested in an apartment complex in New Orleans East, based on a tip after Johnson’s killing, police said they found a 9 mm pistol and a .32-caliber revolver.
It’s unclear whether ballistics tests have linked the weapons to both killings.
Police believe Massenburg was killed in a case of mistaken identity during a gang war.
Massenburg, a recent high school graduate from Illinois, had come to New Orleans less than three weeks before his killing to work for AmeriCorps, a national service agency.
After police arrested Emerson on second-degree murder charges, they said they did not think he was the triggerman.
The grand jury also indicted Emerson for illegal possession of a firearm, assault and possession of a stolen vehicle, a Honda CRV that the indictment suggests he may have had at the time Massenburg was killed in a drive-by shooting.
The indictment also charges a third man, Dwayne Miller, with possession of a firearm by a felon. Miller was with Emerson when police arrested him.
Also indicted Thursday for murder was Nytilex “Lex” Jones Sr., 31, who is accused of killing Samuel Kelley, who was slain July 27 at North Derbigny and Mandeville streets in the St. Roch neighborhood.
Jones was arrested Oct. 1 and booked on charges of second-degree murder and simple battery.
Also indicted in that case was Chris Wells, who is accused of perjury during the grand jury’s investigation into the slaying.
Jones was being held on $1 million bond, while Criminal District Court Judge Camille Buras set Wells’ bond at $250,000.
Wells had not been booked as of late Thursday.
Also indicted Thursday was Frederick “Blackman” Johnson, 29, for the May 1 slaying of Ruben Brown III, 36.
Brown was gunned down on a sidewalk at Amelia and Magnolia streets.
Bond was set at $1 million for Johnson, who was arrested June 21.
The grand jury also handed up a second-degree murder indictment for Lawrence Martin, 26, in the Dec. 1, 2012, killing of 28-year-old Tyron Quinn of Algiers. Quinn was shot outside a Downman Road lounge after what police described as an argument inside the lounge.
Martin, who was arrested in June, faces a $1 million bond.