NFL cap leads to arrest in N.O. East slaying

Armand Williams
Armand Williams

A Miami Dolphins cap linked a New Orleans man to a slaying earlier this year in New Orleans East, court documents show.

According to police, DNA evidence on the cap, found in the car in which 27-year-old Tyson Pittman was killed on March 26, matched that of Armand Williams.

Pittman was found shot to death inside a Nissan Altima in the 8000 block of Trapier Avenue. As detectives began to investigate the death, they found two caps inside the car, among casings from 9 mm and .45-caliber bullets, according to documents filed at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

Burn marks on Pittman’s body showed that whoever killed him likely was in the car and shot him at close range, according to the court documents. The car’s passenger door was open when paramedics arrived on the scene, leading detectives to assume someone ran from the car after shooting Pittman, who was found slumped over the steering wheel.

Police said a source told them that Williams had been in the car with Pittman the night he was shot to death and was worried that if police found the green and orange Dolphins cap he would be implicated in the murder.

When police questioned Williams, he said he had been in the car with Pittman, but that was three days before the shooting and he did not leave anything behind.

The car’s owner, whom police did not identify, told police no caps were left in the car.

In addition to the Dolphins cap, a blue and gray Denver Nuggets cap was found in the car.

Tests performed by State Police found “major” traces of Williams’ DNA on the Dolphins cap, according to court documents. Tests also found Pittman’s DNA on the Nuggets cap.

Although Williams denied being in the car when Pittman was killed, homicide detective Wayne Delarge found probable cause to book Williams with second-degree murder, according to court documents.

Williams was arrested Wednesday in the 2800 block of Perdido Street. He remained in jail on Friday, with bond set at $350,000, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records.

Williams was out of jail on $40,000 bail at the time of this week’s arrest.

He had been booked in April with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and illegal possession of stolen things, according to court records.