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Orleans Parish grand jury indicts three in connection with four New Orleans homicides

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 in Courts, Local Issues, NOPD

By Bob Ross, The Times-Picayune January 30, 2010, 2:00AM An Orleans Parish grand jury on Friday indicted three people in connection with four homicides, all of which happened in recent months, authorities said. Bryan Hill, 30, was indicted with two counts of second-degree murder for the killings of a man and woman who were shot as they left a 7th Ward home in August, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans. New Orleans police say Hill ambushed Charles Wilson Jr., 27, and Maggie Russell, 49, about 5 p.m. on Aug. 9 as they walked out of a house in the 2500 block of New Orleans Street, near the corner of North Dorgenois Street. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said, while Russell died a short time later at Interim LSU Public Hospital. If convicted, Hill -- who was also arrested two years ago, but never prosecuted in the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Tyronne "Big T" Johnson Sr. -- will spend the rest of his life in prison or face execution. In the second indictment, Lloyd Barnes, 48, was charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of second-degree murder, stemming from the Oct. 18 death of Korey Griffin. Police said at the time that Griffin, 31, and a 21-year-old man were shot while trying to buy drugs in the 2000 block of Second Street in Central City. Another man reportedly approached the pair, drew a handgun and said: "You know what's up," deputies said at the time. He then fired several bullets "into the buttocks and legs" of Griffin and his companion and ran away, a police incident log stated. The 21-year-old survived, but Griffin died later that night at the Interim LSU Public Hospital, authorities said at the time. Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence in prison upon conviction. In the third indictment, Kevin Franklin, 35, was indicted with one count of second-degree murder in the Nov. 14 death of Alex Soder in the 1900 block of Joliet Street, authorities said. Hill's bail was set at $1.5 million after he was indicted; Barnes' was set at $2 million and Franklin at $1.1 million.

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