Murder charge revived: Cleveland Moore has been in stealth mode since New Orleans' first homicide after Katrina in November 2005. He was the subject of a manhunt until he was captured as a fugitive in Florida in October 2007. A 1st-degree murder charge against him was dropped in May 2008 and only a charge of aggravated battery against him remained from the vicious beating of a beloved bookseller in the French Quarter and the brutal murder of his neighbor.
But then-DA Keva Landrum-Johnson--now the judge in the case--dropped the murder charge. It was for Johnson's successor as DA, Leon Cannizzaro, to resurrect the case with charges of 2nd-degree murder. It's not known if new information was developed or the charges resulted as a review of existing evidence.
He tried to shoot the deputy: Kyle Brown got off about as easy as you can for leveling a firearm at a police officer. Maybe the judge figured the bullet he took from the officer's shooting iron was, in some way, punishment enough.
This shooter not so lucky: Christopher Nabonne, 18, might be known as the guy who couldn't shoot straight, but the judge was right on with the sentence she gave him Friday (3.6.09).
Young robbers put away: 2 young robbers who terrorized the neighborhood last year are going to spend a few years upriver in Angola.
- Kevin McCoy, now 20, pled guilty Thursday (3.5.09) to 1st-degree robbery when the charge was dropped from armed robbery.
- Manuel McDonald, 20, got a lighter sentence from Judge Terry Alarcon, even though he pled guilty Friday (3.6.09) to 2 charges of 1st-degree robbery after they were reduced from armed robbery.
Then at 12:30 a.m., a 58-year-old black man was robbed in much the same manner at Tulane and Loyola avenues by a man in a grey Chevy Malibu.
Shortly after, Ofc. Terrance Wilson and Ofc. Joseph Jefferson stopped a car fitting the description at Canal and Burgundy streets and determined the men inside where the perpetrators of both robberies.
There is no indication why the DA didn't present any evidence, but what we're hearing points to sloppy police work. Supposedly when detectives viewed the video surveillance tape from cameras outside the New Orleans Silversmith Shop on the corner where the robbery occurred, it clearly showed these 2 men were not the robbers, though the police issued warrants for them nonetheless.
Druggy goes free: Hard to say what would make Judge Terry Alarcon think is a serious offense. A defendant comes before him with almost 3 dozen arrests or convictions for about any kind of drug can think of (and a few you can't) over the last 5 years. The DA allows him to plead down to lesser charges. Judge Alarcon gives the defendant a 5-year sentence--suspended. Defendant goes on his merry way.