Lamonte Loggins, the suspected shooter accused of shooting and shooting a Kenner store clerk as the man knelt with his hands raised during a robbery, has been indicted by a Jefferson Parish grand jury with murder in first degree, according to court records.
Loggins, 28, was also charged with obstructing justice in the November 30 murder, which claimed the life of married father Abd El Ghader Sylla. The indictment fell on Thursday.
Loggins’ brother and accused co-conspirator, Eric Rodgers, 30, has previously pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and obstruction of justice charges.
The Jefferson Parish district attorney’s office did not say whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty in the first degree murder case.
Loggins and Rodgers are accused of robbing the Shell station at 3501 Williams Blvd., where Sylla, 30, worked an extra night shift, Kenner Police investigators said.
As police worked hard to identify the two men who killed a Kenner gas station worker in an armed robbery on November 30, detectives received …
Loggins, armed with a pistol, ordered Sylla to hand over the cash. Sylla did so and knelt on the floor behind the counter with his hands raised, police said.
Loggins whipped Sylla and was about to walk away, police said. But then he turned and fired a shot that hit Sylla, still kneeling, on the right side of her torso, according to Kenner police. Sylla managed to dial 911 for assistance, but later died of his injuries.
The crime was recorded by corporate surveillance cameras. Investigators identified Loggins as one of the thieves using DNA taken from a latex glove that fell from one of the suspect’s pockets, Kenner police said.
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Detectives also used home and work surveillance cameras to track the fleeing suspects ‘getaway vehicle to a Loire Drive apartment linked to Rodgers’ girlfriend, authorities said.
Loggins and Rodgers fled the state. They were arrested in Memphis a week after the murder. Authorities tracked down the brothers after Rodgers, posing as an anonymous informant, called Kenner’s police and attempted to turn his brother over, investigators said.
Rodgers and Loggins were being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna on Friday. Loggins was being held without bail for first degree murder. Bond was set at $ 150,000 for the obstruction charge, according to court records.
Rodgers was being held on $ 850,000 bail.