Harvey man booked in slaying

A Harvey man has been booked with negligent homicide after investigators with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office say he killed a friend during a late-night drinking session.

Phillip McClendon, 28, also was booked with being a felon in possession of gun in connection with the fatal shooting of Robert Casbon, 32, on May 20. Deputies found Casbon dead in front of a home in the 3800 block of Cimwood Drive, said Glen Boyd, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Boyd reported that a witness told detectives that McClendon and another man were drinking with Casbon in Casbon’s garage around midnight. McClendon told investigators that he accidentally shot Casbon while moving the gun from a shelf and putting it into his pants pocket. The men had been engaged in horseplay while drinking and McClendon claimed he was moving the gun for safety, Boyd said.

However, when initially questioned by detectives, McClendon denied being involved in the shooting, and detectives still have not recovered the weapon used. McClendon has prior convictions for narcotics possession and aggravated battery, Boyd said.

Casbon’s body was discovered after his family heard gunshots, and then found him lying on the ground. The other man inside the garage has not been identified by police.