Month: August 2018

Harvey man sentenced to life plus 40 years for Woodmere murder, attempted murder

A Jefferson Parish judge on Friday (Aug. 31) sentenced Ivory Franklin II to a mandatory life sentence plus 40 years in prison, for his conviction of shooting an 18-year-old acquaintance in the back of his head as they walked along a Harvey drainage canal bank.

Franklin, 21, of Harvey, was convicted of second-degree murder in June of killing Reginald Black. He also was convicted as charged of attempted second-degree murder for trying to kill Black’s 15-year-old nephew, for which Franklin received the 40-year sentence.

After denying defense post-verdict motions and hearing impact testimony from Black’s mother, Judge Donnie Rowan of the 24th Judicial District Court ran the 40-year sentence consecutively to the life sentence.

Judge Rowan noted that after killing Black, Franklin fired indiscriminately at the fleeing 15-year-old without regard for the residents who lived nearby. “If you could, you would have taken out both parties in this case,” Judge Rowan said.

About 3 a.m., on May 5, 2016, the trio was walking along the canal bank behind homes on Windmere Court, just south of Post Street in the Woodmere subdivision, when Franklin shot Black with a revolver. Black, whom Franklin lured from his home that morning, never saw it coming, according to trial testimony.

Franklin then shot at the 15-year-old witness, who crossed through the canal water and to the first house he saw with lights on, according to trial evidence. The resident of that house called 911.

Franklin denied being the shooter and blamed the 15-year-old, whom he accused of horseplay with the pistol when it fired, striking Black. A Jefferson Parish jury rejected the defense assertion and convicted Franklin on June 9.

In a letter written to the court, Black’s mother noted that Franklin “was cold and calculated in his deed,” and that he “is the lowest of predator and should not participate in society again.”

Assistant District Attorneys Andrew DeCoste and Lynn Schiffman prosecuted the case.

Gretna resident sentenced to 20 years, fined $50,000 in cocaine possession case

A Jefferson Parish judge has sentenced a former Gretna resident to 20 years in prison for the almost 4,000 grams of cocaine he was found to possess during an investigation into narcotics trafficking from Texas. The cocaine in total had a $600,000 local street value.

Marvin Acevedo, 35, also was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine in connection with his July 10 conviction of possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine. Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Acevedo on Monday (Aug. 13), after denying a defense request for a new trial and other post-verdict motions.

Evidence presented during the trial shows that Acevedo is using the name of a man who is currently imprisoned in Puerto Rico on narcotics charges. Acevedo refuses to reveal his true identity.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents arrested Acevedo on June 19, 2017, during an investigation into a tip that he was trafficking cocaine into the area from Texas. According to evidence presented to the jury, the agents tracked Acevedo from the Louisiana state line at Texas on Interstate 10 and followed him to Kenner, where they arrested him.

The agents located 12 grams of cocaine and more than $3,300 in cash in the vehicle in which he traveled. They also found he used a Florida state identification card. The investigation led the agents to a storage unit business on Belle Chasse Highway near Gretna, blocks from where he lived at the time.

In his unit, the agents found almost 4,000 grams of cocaine bundled in four bricks, all of which were stashed in an ice chest along with documents with Acevedo’s name on them. Each brick would have a local street value of about $150,000, according to trial testimony. Text messages recovered from a cell phone in Acevedo’s possession were indicative of narcotics trafficking.

Additionally, Judge Kovach on Aug. 9 sentenced Acevedo to six months in jail after finding him guilty of resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. She ran the jail term concurrent with the 20-year sentence.

Assistant District Attorneys Jennifer Voss and Rachel Africk prosecuted the case.

Marrero man convicted in Harvey double-murder, attempted murder

A Jefferson Parish jury found Jacobie “Cobie” Green guilty Friday night (Aug. 3) of opening fire in a Harvey apartment on Father’s Day 2015, killing two men and critically wounding a third man.

Green, 26, who lived in Marrero at the time, was convicted as charged of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder.

Johnnel Ovide, 23, and Trammell Marshall, 21, were killed. A then 23-year-old man survived multiple gunshot wounds, including one to his face that Green fired, according to testimony presented during the four-day trial.

The shooting happened shortly before 10:30 p.m., on June 21, 2015, in the 1600 block of Apache Drive. Green and the victims were among the visitors at an apartment. The man who lived in the apartment escaped by diving head-first through the glass of a window, according to testimony.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christian Dabdoub, the first officer to arrive, surveyed and secured the crime scene, finding victims outside the apartment, he testified. “It was chaos inside,” he testified of the overturned furniture and the bullet casings. “There was blood everywhere.”

He found the surviving victim in the apartment door threshold, bleeding profusely and asking for water. He testified he asked the victim who shot him. “He muttered to me, ‘Cobie, from Betty Street,’” Dabdoub testified.

In the grass nearby, Trammell lay writhing in pain. “I asked him, ‘Who did this to you?’ He told me, ‘Cobie, from the Marrero projects,’” Dabdoub testified.

Ovide died at the scene. Trammell died later at a hospital, according to testimony.

The jury deliberated just over an hour before delivering its verdict at 10:30 p.m., Friday. Judge Stephen Grefer of the 24th Judicial District Court is scheduled to sentence Green on Sept. 12.

Two defendants await their trials in connection with the crimes. Separately, Archie Hulbert III, 34, of Algiers, pleaded guilty Feb. 2, to perjury, for lying to a Jefferson Parish grand jury in an attempt to help Green. In accepting the plea, Judge Grefer sentenced Hulbert to seven years in prison.

Assistant District Attorneys Matt Clauss and Laura Schneidau prosecuted the case.