Man booked in French Quarter homicide during Carnival, New Orleans police say

Man booked in French Quarter homicide during Carnival, New Orleans police say
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A man accused of killing another man the Saturday before Mardi Gras in the French Quarter has been arrested, according to jail records.

Melvin Millender, 24, was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on a count of second-degree murder Saturday morning. 

Investigators with the New Orleans Police Department secured a warrant Feb. 19 to arrest Millender in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Mervin McGee, according to documents police filed in Criminal District Court. 

At 1:45 a.m. Feb. 10, officers went to the 800 block of Chartres Street near Jackson Square and found McGee shot multiple times. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, court records show. 

Investigators watched surveillance footage, which showed that McGee was talking with the driver of a gray Dodge Challenger through the car’s open window before he was shot, police wrote in the documents. 

After the fatal shooting, the Challenger immediately drove off, police say. 

The vehicle was distinct with dark rims and tint and a racing stripes pattern, according to the documents. State Police assisting the NOPD with the investigation searched for similar cars within their license plate reader systems and found the Challenger, which swapped different license plates over the last few months. 

The vehicle previously used a license plate registered to a Marrero address, which was linked to Millender, police wrote in court records.

More footage obtained followed Millender and another suspect in the hours prior to the shooting, according to police. At 12:38 a.m., the men went into a convenience store where images of their faces were taken. One matched the license photo for Millender, tying him to the crime, police allege. 

No other details on the crime were immediately available, including a potential motive or whether police have tracked down the second suspect. Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. 

Millender awaits a Saturday afternoon bond hearing. 


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