Man questioned in Bourbon Street shooting arrested again

A man interviewed by New Orleans police as a “person of interest” in the Bourbon Street shooting last week was arrested early Sunday outside a sports bar in Marrero after he allegedly created a disturbance in the presence of sheriff’s deputies.

Justin Odom, 20, was booked about 12:30 a.m. with one count of disturbing the peace by intoxication.

Deputies went to the Paradise Sports Bar on Lapalco Boulevard after receiving an anonymous complaint that several armed men were waiting in the parking lot, said Glen Boyd, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The caller reported that three of the men had guns, Boyd said. “They were apparently waiting for someone to come out of the sports bar,” he said.

“When we got there, we broke it up and didn’t find any guns,” Boyd added. “Someone could have left before we got there, but we didn’t find any guns.”

He said everyone at the scene was cooperative except for Odom, whom Boyd described as “belligerent, unruly and drunk.”

New Orleans police interviewed — but did not arrest — Odom last week in connection with the June 29 Bourbon Street shooting, in which one person was killed and nine others were injured. However, he was booked by Jefferson Parish authorities on outstanding theft and traffic warrants.

Odom’s attorney, Gregory Thompson, has said Odom is not considered a suspect in the Bourbon Street shooting.

Odom has had previous run-ins with the law, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in March to a pair of marijuana possession counts stemming from arrests this year and last year in Jefferson Parish.

He also has a friendship with two of the victims in the shooting, Robert Benvenuti and Christopher Kelly. The three are seen together in pictures posted on Facebook.

Benvenuti and Odom were arrested together in 2010 for an alleged theft in Jefferson Parish. According to court documents, authorities said they stole goods from West Jefferson Medical Center.

Benvenuti did not respond to a message seeking comment.

A woman who identified herself as Odom’s mother declined to comment when reached by phone.

Police arrested Trung T. Le, 20, on Friday outside Gulfport, Mississippi, in the Bourbon Street shooting. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said authorities believe Le was one of two gunmen involved and that Le fired the first shot.

He is in jail in Harrison County, Mississippi.

Staff writer Dan Lawton contributed to this report. Follow Jim Mustian on Twitter, @JimMustian .