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Mid-City murder trial to start

It's been 16 months since police discovered the Mid-City massacre at 4026 Baudin St., where four people, including a mother and her 9-year-old son, lay dead for days, the child's homework untouched on the living room floor. Young Joey Whitehead was stabbed several times, a knife tip still in his abdomen, as he lay in…
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Father admits shaking infant, denies intent to harm her

A New Orleans man charged with second-degree murder in his daughter's death testified Monday that he did shake the 13-week-old infant Sept. 1 because she was continually crying but that he did not intend to harm her. If convicted, Thomas Nellum, 26, could face life in prison. Talia Nellum, Nellum's only child, died Sept. 2,…
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8th Ward murder suspect acquitted

A New Orleans man pegged by police as a notorious killer suspected in several gang-style slayings was acquitted of first-degree murder Wednesday after one of the state's key witnesses recanted his identification of the defendant. It was the second time Antoine Thompson, 22, stood trial in an 8th Ward shooting in which Norman Royal, 27,…
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Jury deliberates murder case

Jurors were deliberating Thursday night the fate of a 24-year-old New Orleans man charged with first-degree murder in the April 1998 shooting of a security guard at a Lower 9th Ward chicken restaurant during an armed robbery that netted less than $200. In the four-day trial before Criminal District Judge Calvin Johnson, prosecutors argued that…
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