New Orleans DA: Ex-boyfriend indicted for murder of waitress at Clover Grill

Alexander Kirby. Courtesy of OPSO.

The New Orleans District Attorney indicted Alexander Kirby, 33, for the May 15 fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend, who was a waitress at the Clover Grill on Bourbon Street.

Kirby is charged with second the second-degree murder of 33-year-old Shay de St. Germain, attempted second-degree murder of her new boyfriend, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, and one count of illegally carrying a concealed weapon. An Orleans Parish grand jury handed down the five-count indictment on August 29.

Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.

If convicted, Kirby faces a mandatory term of life in prison. The attempted murder charge is punishable by 10 to 50 years, while each kidnapping charge carries a penalty of five to 40 years in prison.

The weapons charge is the only misdemeanor and comes with a six month jail sentence if convicted.

After the indictment was read, criminal District Judge Benedict Willard increased Kirby’s $600,000 bond to $1.26 million.

According to the district attorney’s (DA) office, surveillance video recordings backed up witness accounts that Kirby confronted the victim and her new boyfriend with a gun in the back of the Glover Grill located at 900 Bourbon St. shortly after midnight.

Kirby pointed the the gun at the other man, according to the DA, but de St. Germain stepped between them and a struggle ensued. The girl was shot once in the face at approximately 12:19 a.m. and pronounced dead shortly after being transported to University Medical Center’s emergency trauma center, according to the DA.

Louisiana State Troopers later found find Kirby with bloody hands and pointing the gun at his own head, threatening suicide, according to the DA. Kirby complied when ordered to drop the weapon and was arrested at the scene.