They arrested Melvin Clay, 37, and his 21-year-old girlfriend, Heliana Amrine. Clay was charged with 2nd-degree murder and his girlfriend with being an accessory to murder because she knew of the crime and attempted to help Clay avoid being arrested. Both were booked into Central Lockup this morning (12.10.10). Clay's bond has been set at $1 million; Amrine's bond is $300,000.
The suspect was described as a black male, about 35 years old, approximately 5’7” tall, weighing 165 to 170 pounds, baldheaded with a short beard, wearing a light-colored long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and alligator boots. The suspect’s vehicle was described as dark colored SUV, possibly a late model.
During the course of this investigation, Det. Packer positively identified Clay as the person responsible for the murder of Lekosky.
Round'em up: Less than 2 weeks after the murder of a popular French Quarter bartender the day after Thanksgiving, NOPD homicide detectives identified 6 suspects and arrested all of them--along with 2 more who tried to hide them.
All were wanted in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Earl Wheeler at Dauphine and Canal streets--just a block from where the Marine sergeant was murdered. During the course of the investigation, detectives determined that Wheeler had been involved in an altercation with several suspects prior to his murder.
- Russell K. Lopez, 18, surrendered to Orleans Parish Sheriff's deputies last Sunday (12.5.10). He is being held in OPP on $500,000 bond.
- His mother, Nakia Lopez, 35, was arrested by the NOPD the day before (12.4.10) and charged as an accessory after the fact for allegedly helping her son flee to Atlanta. She got out of OPP the next day on $25,000 bond.
- Glenn Tate, 21, was booked into Central Lock-Up on Tuesday (12.7.10) around 1:30 p.m. after surrendering to Orleans Parish Sheriff's deputies. He was charged with 2nd-degree murder. He is being held on $750,000 bond.
- Cursheika Hartford, 20, turned herself in Wednesday (12.8.10) to the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office and was booked with accessory after the fact to 2nd-degree murder. Her bond was set at $25,000, but Judge Frank Marullo Jr. set her free on her own recognizance.
- Shawn A. Breaux, 18, surrendered to the NOPD at 7:30 p.m. on 12.2.10. He is being held on $500,000 bond. He pled guilty earlier this year to carrying a concealed weapon and was given a 6-month suspended sentence by Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson.
- Michael S. Hales, 18, captured by the U.S. Marshals Taskforce on 12.3.10 along with Jarod Cooley and booked into Central Lock-up. He is being held on $750,000 bond. He was free on $15,000 bond while being prosecuted for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and was supposed to be under a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.
- Jarod Cooley, 19, captured by the U.S. Marshals Taskforce on 12.3.10 along with Michael S. Hales and booked into Central Lock-up. He is being held on $750,000 bond. He was arrested last year for illegally carrying a weapon; charge dropped by District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
- Cooley's girlfriend, Kierra Cooper, 17, was arrested last Friday (12.3.10) and charged as an accessory after the fact for harboring fugitives when U.S. Marshals found Cooley and Hales holed up in her house in Hollygrove. She is being held on $25,000 bond.
Crimes last week in the 8th District
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Theft, 830 St. Phillip, 8:44 a.m.
Auto Theft, 700 Governor Nicholls, 12:51 p.m.
Auto Theft, 542 Tchoupitoulas, 1:05 p.m.
Auto Theft, Cleveland & La Salle, 7:40 p.m.
Theft, 711 Tchoupitoulas, 9:44 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 901 Ursulines, 10:16 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 1350 Bourbon, 7:55 a.m.
Theft, 121 Camp, 8:22 a.m.
Auto Theft, 800 Camp, 10:03 a.m.
Auto Theft, 1000 Gov Nicholls, 1:11 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 900 Gov Nicholls, 7:26 p.m.
Shoplifting, 134 Royal, 6:14 p.m.
Shoplifting, 232 Bourbon, 5:37 p.m.
Theft, 344 Camp, 7:40 p.m.
Theft, 611 Bourbon, 8:01 p.m.
Theft, 301 Dauphine, 11:01 a.m.
Theft, 711 Canal, 11:27 a.m.
Theft, 301 Dauphine, 12:10 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 100 Royal, 1:17 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 600 Dauphine, 1:58 p.m.
Theft, 437 Esplanade, 3:20 p.m.
Auto Theft, Chartres & Elysian Fields, 11:01 p.m.
Shoplifting, 145 Elk Place, 10:37 a.m.