Friday, March 21, 2008

100 Years

We know we're a week late, but we can't help spending some time this Saturday reflecting on the 100 year sentence handed down this week to 25yo Eddie Harrison III, who shot a cop three time in Algiers Point after a routine traffic stop.

We just can't stop thinking about the kind of vicious impulsiveness that fuels so many people in this city. We were struck by the photo of his arrest that afternoon resurrected to accompany the story of the sentencing. The lack of bravado he has beeing dragged around by two plain clothes cops in sunglasses. 100 years is a long time in Angola.

Speaking of long times. The body of a Texas man missing since Mardi Gras has been discovered finally. The papers report that an accident, and not foul play, resulted in the man's death. he was Missing for 44 days.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office found Delatte's body of John Delatte inside his sport utility vehicle, which had been submerged in the Elmwood Canal in Metairie. The Sheriff's Office is investigating, but officials said they suspect Delatte's red Ford Expedition crashed through a metal barrier at Wilson and Vintage drives and flew into the canal, according to Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the department. The vehicle may have been on the bottom of the canal for weeks.

They're saying this is our first official murder in a week.
In New Orleans' first slaying in a week, a man was fatally shot Friday in the B.W. Cooper public housing complex, police and the coroner's office said.
Lerman Robinson, 25, was shot about 9:50 a.m. in the 1200 block of South Johnson Street, New Orleans police said.
Police responded to a call about a shooting and found Robinson lying in a courtyard with an apparent gunshot wound to the head

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