Suspect in NOPD officer’s death held on $100,000 bail

Kenneth Halley
Kenneth Halley

Bail was set Wednesday for the last of three suspects charged in the hit-and-run death of New Orleans police Officer Rodney Thomas.

Police also announced they are searching for another person of interest in the case, who was captured on surveillance video at a body shop shortly after Thomas was killed. The screen grab that was released, however, was murky, showing a male in white T-shirt and pants, but with little other identifying information.

Kenneth Halley, 28, is being held on $100,000 bond on charges of obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to manslaughter, records show. Police allege he and 34-year-old Bill Cager, who is also in jail on the same bond and facing the same charges, tried to cover up evidence in the case of Thomas' death.

Thomas died early Sunday after being run down by a white Porsche Panamera while he tried to direct traffic away from an accident in which he was involved on eastbound Interstate 10 near the high rise bridge. The car never stopped.

According to court documents, Halley drove the car to an automotive repair shop about an hour after the hit-and-run accident. It was there that Cager began to wipe Thomas' blood off the car in an apparent effort to erase any evidence.

Police located the car at Best of the Best Automotive and Sales in the 2600 block of Gravier Street, a half-block away from NOPD headquarters, on Monday afternoon.

About the same time, 25-year-old Justin McKey surrendered himself to police and said he was behind the wheel when the Porsche slammed into Thomas.

McKey was booked with manslaughter and hit and run causing death or serious injury. He was released from jail Tuesday night after posting a $50,000 bond, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office records.