Unglesby Williams

Man Acquitted for Illegal Duck Hunting

After being indicted by the federal government for hunting over a baited area, Donald L. Grissom was acquitted of all charges after a trial in federal court. “They didn’t have any eyewitnesses nor any physical evidence to link him to that. The question was whether he did enough to determine it was baited,”

Drug Raid Nets 5oz of Cocaine, 1lb of Weed & Firearm, Defendant Found Not Guilty

After a two day jury trial in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, defendant Shun Tiffith was acquitted on all charges. Police argued that the drugs found at the target address were in the possession of Mr. Tiffith however the Jury did not agree. “Where is the evidence?” attorney Robert Hjortsberg said in his closing argument. “There were no photos, no …

New Orleans Man Wins His Freedom twice in two Murder Trials

The last time a jury set Nelson Benton free, he barely saw daylight. Released in July 2010 after a jury found him not guilty of murder, Benton returned to court five days later to recover about $600 in cash after four years in jail, only to get booked again when Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office revived an old …

RTA Worker Not Guilty in Colleague’s Drowning at Swim Party

A Criminal District Court judge on Monday acquitted a Regional Transit Authority employee who was accused of drowning one of his co-workers in a swimming pool at a 2008 party in Algiers as other partygoers looked on. Judge Julian Parker deliberated briefly before rendering the verdict, in which Kory Dupree faced a charge of manslaughter in the drowning death of …

22 Year Old Acquitted in Upper 9th Ward Shooting

A New Orleans jury deliberated just 50 minutes Friday before acquitting 22-year-old Louis Daniels of gunning down a 27-year-old man in front of his family’s Gallier Street apartment last summer Despite testimony from the victim’s mother, Lamarscha Holmes, that she saw Daniels when she investigated gunshots outside her door in August 2007, jurors believed the defendants explanation. It was argued …

Orleans Jury Frees Murder Suspect Despite Past Confessions

After confessing to a fatal shooting at another man’s trial last fall, providing key testimony to free his friend from a possible life or death sentence, Lloyd Burns Jr. denied the same killing in his own trial Wednesday — and once again secured an acquittal for a murder charge. An Orleans Parish jury this afternoon found Burns not guilty, leaving …