(Photo: Leonard Patty | Courtesy of NOPD)
A Texas man was indicted Thursday on charges related to the shooting death of Jeremy Dilling on St. Louis Street June 2019, according to a spokesman for the Orleans Parish District Attorney.
Leonard Patty, 38, was charged with three counts, including the second-degree murder of Dilling, 34, who was shot and killed in the 900 block of St. Louis Street shortly after 3:30 a.m. on June 30, according to District Attorney spokesman Ken Daley.
In addition, Patty is charged with obstructing justice in a homicide investigation and with being a felon in possession of a firearm in the indictment, which was handed down by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
The case was brought before the grand jury by Assistant District Attorney Abigail MacDonald.
If convicted, Patty faces a mandatory life prison sentence, according to Daley.
New Orleans Police recovered a surveillance camera video allegedly showing Dilling arguing with and walking away from a woman who was later identified as his ex-girlfriend.
Patty was seen earlier speaking with Dilling’s ex-girlfriend and approached Dilling as he walked away, according to Daley.
The men engaged in a brief scuffle on the sidewalk before Patty allegedly shot Dilling in the chest, killing him.
In the video, bystanders are seen running away after the gunfire, while Patty turned and walked away from the scene northbound on North Rampart Street, according to Daley.
Patty was previously convicted of felony charges in Texas, including third-degree domestic violence and aggravated robbery, Daley said.