Bond for suspect in AmeriCorps volunteer murder set at $1M - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

Bond for suspect in AmeriCorps volunteer murder set at $1M

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Glen Emerson, arrested in death of AmeriCorps volunteer- NOPD Photo Glen Emerson, arrested in death of AmeriCorps volunteer- NOPD Photo

New Orleans, La. -  A judge set a $1 million bond Friday for Glen Emerson, booked with second-degree murder in the death of an AmeriCorps volunteer.

Police arrested Glen Emerson, 18, Thursday afternoon at an apartment building in New Orleans East. Emerson also may be linked to another murder in the same neighborhood.

Investigators went to the apartment after getting a tip about an SUV in the parking lot.  The informant said the vehicle matched the description of an SUV seen at a murder at Eagle and Willow last week.

When officers entered the apartment, they say Emerson was trying to escape through a back window.  They arrested him without incident.

Detectives believe Emerson drove the car the night Joseph Massenburg was killed. 

"His co-perpetrators, they know who they are and they need to know that the community has been stepping forward and has been giving us information and I believe that the community will continue to do that," says NOPD Sergeant Nicholas Gernon.  "I believe that we'll eventually be able to identify them and bring them to justice as well."

Massenburg was only in New Orleans a few weeks before he was killed.  The 18-year-old volunteer from the Chicago area was working with AmeriCorps.

Massenburg's family believes the teen's murder was a case of mistaken identity. Reached by phone Thursday night, Massenburg's father says he's glad to hear about the arrest.

"Justice for Joseph definitely has come to pass on this day and we're happy for all the support that New Orleans has given us," says Andre Massenburg.  "We're thankful for the hard work of the police department, this is a great day."

Police are doing ballistics tests to see if last week's murder and the killing of Massenburg are related.  Investigators say a 9mm gun was used in both shootings and police found the keys to the SUV seen at last week's murder inside the apartment with Emerson.

Emerson faces a charge of second-degree murder.

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