MURDER INVESTIGATION IN HARVEY
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 02:50 PM
Monday December 17, 2012 8:00 PM………..
On Monday, December 17, 2012, around 7:13 PM, our 911 Center began receiving reports of gunshots in the area of the 1600 block of Apache Drive in Harvey. At the same time, Second District patrol officer Judd Harris while on patrol in the area heard a number of gunshots as well. Harris responded to the area of Apache Drive and soon located the body of a black male lying on his back in the parking lot of 1616 Apache Drive suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, identified as Troy Hensley, B/M, of 1012 Inca Drive in Harvey was pronounced dead on the scene.
Crime Scene Technicians recovered a number of spent shell casings lying in the area of the parking lot. Homicide investigators have not yet determined a motive in this shooting, nor have we identified any suspect(s).
Anyone with information in this matter is asked to contact our Homicide Division at 364-5300 or Crimestoppers.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 3:00 PM………..
You may recall, during the early evening hours of August 12, 2012, our officers responded to a shooting incident involving multiple victims at 1634 Julie Street in Marrero. JPSO Homicide Detective Travis Eserman conducted a follow-up investigation in this incident and learned on September 20, 2012, of a possible suspect in the shootings. He was identified Earnest Payne, B/M, 23, of 2720 Destrehan Boulevard apt C in Harvey. Witnesses reported hearing Payne brag of his involvement in the shooting deaths of Harry Martin, B/M, 19, of 7158 Hnasko Street in Marrero, and his brother, Delanta McCall, B/M, 21, of 7158 Hnasko Street in Marrero on the night of August 12th. Payne was positively identified through a photographic line-up. Eserman also learned a vehicle described by witnesses after the shootings, as a 1998 Ford F-150 (Ernest Payne’s vehicle) was observed on our ALPR camera system leaving the area of the murder scene several minutes following the shootings.
Based on the above information, on December 17, 2012, Detective Eserman prepared an arrest warrant for Earnest Payne for two counts of Accessory after the Fact to Second Degree Murder and one count Accessory after the Fact to Attempted Second Degree Murder. On December 17, 2012, Detective Eserman was contacted by Detective Mark Monson of the JPSO Street Crimes Division who advised he arrested Earnest Payne on unrelated charges on Patriot Street and Fourth Street on the evening of December 17, 2012. Detective Monson also conducted a search warrant at Payne’s residence, 2720 Destrehan Boulevard apt C, where a semi-auto rifle was recovered. Efforts are under way to determine if said weapon was involved in the shootings on Julie Street. Earnest Payne was transported by Detective Eserman to the JPCC where he was booked accordingly.
Anyone with information in this matter is asked to contact Detective Eserman at 364-5300 or Crimestoppers.
Colonel John N. Fortunato
Public Information Office
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
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