Second suspect booked in Chalmette murder, and other New Orleans crime news

Second man booked in Chalmette killing

St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested a second suspect in the March 16 shooting death of a man brought to Chalmette and killed, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Joseph Guillory, 34, who moved to the New Orleans area several years ago but has no permanent address is being held as an accessory to the killing of Herman “Peanut’’ Jones Jr., 33, the sheriff said.

James “Fatt’’ Madison, 31, of New Orleans, was booked with second-degree murder in the killing of Jones in mid-April after an investigation by sheriff’s detectives that eventually led to him in Memphis, Tenn. A St. Bernard Parish grand jury recently indicted Madison on a first-degree murder charge.

Guillory, a known associate of Madison, was a passenger in a vehicle that was driven to Chalmette the night of March 16 in which Jones was taken out and shot several times by Madison, Pohlmann said. The victim’s body was found the next morning on a street in an industrial area north of Paris Road, near the Orleans Parish line.

Pohlmann said investigators have a motive in the shooting but are not ready to release that information since the investigation continues.

“We devoted a tremendous amount of manpower to solving this murder,’’ the sheriff said. “The victim wasn’t from St. Bernard but that made no difference to us. We went as far as we had to go to solve a murder.’’

Investigators obtained video footage from the murder scene and were able to identify the vehicle used to bring Jones to the spot where he was killed. That vehicle was recovered in Kenner in late March, brought to St. Bernard and has been processed for forensic evidence that was given to the State Police Crime Lab, the sheriff said.

A U.S. Marshals Service task force located Guillory in the French Quarter on July 10 and he was arrested on a warrant signed by a St. Bernard judge after a Sheriff’s Office investigation, Pohlmann said.

Guillory is jailed in Parish Prison in lieu of bail set at $250,000.

Man, 33, found shot to death in Marrero

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s detectives are investigating a Thursday night fatal shooting in Marrero that left one man dead.

Kevin Blunt, 33, 2052 Basie Drive, Marrero, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds around 8:30 p.m. behind a residence in the 2000 block of Carver Drive, said Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The victim was brought to West Jefferson General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators do not have a motive or suspects in the shooting, Fortunato said.

Anyone with information in Blunt’s shooting death is asked to contact Detective Rhonda Goff at (504) 363-5300 or Crime Stoppers.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau