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NOPD Books Career Criminal with 9th Ward Murder

October 25, 2013

NOPD detectives today re-arrested the man they believe shot a woman multiple times last week in a grassy lot in the Lower Ninth Ward, and left her to die. 

Homicide Detective Michael McCleery booked 29-year-old Briceson Carter this morning with Second Degree Murder for gunning down 38-year-old Brandy Keenan in a vacant lot in the 2600-block of Choctaw Street.  Carter was already in Orleans Parish Prison on unrelated charges.  Keenan’s partially decomposed body was discovered the morning of Thursday, October 17, after neighbors called police to report they had spotted something suspicious.   

After conducting numerous interviews, studying surveillance video from the area, and receiving additional information from some who knew the victim, Detective McCleery- who was greatly assisted by Detective Robert Bachelder- were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Carter.  

“After looking over this suspect’s extensive rap sheet, it’s clear that Detectives McCleery and Bachelder have managed to get possibly one of the city’s most violent offenders off our streets,” said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

“One victim of crime is one too many.  This suspect obviously made a practice of victimizing people. I commend the NOPD team- from the crime lab techs to the homicide division- for their dedication to making this case and arresting this career criminal.”    

Briceson Carter is considered a possible career criminal with 17 felony arrests, 14 misdemeanor arrests, and 1 traffic arrest.  He is currently on probation for Possession of Cocaine until August 2015 and was placed on probation for First Degree Robbery in April 2002 through April 2003.   Carter has previous arrests for Second Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault-Discharge of a Firearm, Aggravated Battery (2 times), Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Kidnapping, Armed Robbery-Use of Firearm, Armed Robbery, Resisting an Officer, Simple Escape (2 counts), Illegal Possession of a Firearm, Simple Arson, Possession of Crack, Distribution of Crack, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, Probation Violation, Obstructing a Public Place, Criminal Trespassing, Disturbing the Peace, Gambling, Simple Criminal Damage under $500, Misrepresentation of Name/Age/Address, Public Intoxication, traffic violations, attachments, and a warrant.

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Contact:  Remi Braden

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