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NOPD Issue Warrants in 2009 Cold Case Murder of Elderly Couple

May 30, 2013

Carl Novel, 35, and Kashie Fernandez 33, are currently in jail for an unrelated incident and will be booked with the 2009 shooting death of elderly couple Olander and Alpathada Cassimere.  A third suspect Damien Lee who is deceased from an overdose was also identified as a suspect in the Murder.  The incident took place May 10, 2009 inside of a home in the 5100 block of Seminary Court in Gentilly Woods. 

Officers responded to a call of a burglary and upon their arrival found the door to the house forced open and an elderly couple shot to death.

Through the course of the investigation, Cold Case Homicide Detective DeCynda Barnes identified the suspects, Novel and Fernandez and prepared an Arrest Warrant for First Degree Murder and Aggravated Burglary which was signed by a Magistrate Judge.          

Carl Novel is wanted for First Degree Murder and Aggravated Burglary and was previously arrested for First Degree Murder in two separate cases, Crack Distribution, Felon with a Firearm, Several Kidnappings, Several Armed Robberies, Aggravated Kidnapping, Concealed weapon, Illegal use of a Weapon, Attempting to Disarm a Police Officer, Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting a Police Officer, Burglary, Battery Simple Escape, Possession of Stolen Property, Criminal Damage to Property, Trespassing, Disturbing the Peace and Traffic.

Kashie Fernandez is wanted for First Degree Murder and Aggravated Burglary and was previously arrested for Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery and Warrants. 

Kashie Fernandez

Carl Novel
Damien Lee(died of drug overdose in 2009)

Cold Case Homicide Detective Decynda Barnes is in charge of the investigation. 

Citizens with information that can help or have information about the case are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward.   Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at

The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit.  The police force, which currently employs dedicated men and women, is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity.  To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit

 Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact. 

An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.  

Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.  


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Last updated: 6/3/2013 1:11:34 PM

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