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Source: Suspect in officer death bought Porsche at salvage auction

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A file image from Porsche shows a 2013 Panamera, like the one suspected in the hit-and-run fatality A file image from Porsche shows a 2013 Panamera, like the one suspected in the hit-and-run fatality
NOPD released this surveillance image if an additional person of interest in the investigation NOPD released this surveillance image if an additional person of interest in the investigation
The memorial to Ofc. Rodney Thomas outside NOPD's 2nd District headquarters The memorial to Ofc. Rodney Thomas outside NOPD's 2nd District headquarters

New Orleans, La. - With the words "CAREER CRIMINAL" in bold letters on his arrest register, a judge handed Kenneth Halley a high bond on his current charges.

The 28-year-old man faces one count each of accessory after the fact to manslaughter and obstruction of justice following the hit-and-run death of Officer Rodney Thomas.

"This guy could be charged as a quadruple bill, which means he's looking at 20 years to life," says FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti. "That automatically increases his propensity to flee because he's looking at such a big sentence. that's probably one of the reasons his bond is a little higher."

Court records say Halley called a witness minutes after the Sunday morning crash, telling that person Justin McKey had messed up.

McKey told police he was driving the Porsche Panamera when it hit the off-duty officer on I-10.

According to the court report, Halley drove the damaged Porsche to Best of the Best body shop and met with owner Bill Cager less than an hour later.

Police have called this case a "web of deception" so FOX 8 investigated the history of the Porsche connected to Halley.

A source told FOX 8, Halley had been fixing up a white Porsche Panamera after recently purchasing the car from an auction.

A CARFAX report shows that Porsche Panamera was listed as a total loss in California in January and was sold as a salvage vehicle.

The Panamera was originally valued around $110,000 but FOX 8 found on an auction site the Porsche was listed at $48,000.

The final purchase price is unknown.

Our source said Halley's model of Panamera had certain upgrades, including the side view mirror, which possibly helped investigators narrow down the list of cars that could have been involved.

Police found the car's mirror and headlight at the crash scene.

In another development Wednesday, police released a surveillance photo of another person of interest in the case.  

FOX 8 received this news release from NOPD Wednesday night:

New Orleans Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a man who may have critical information about the fatal hit and Run death of Officer Rodney Thomas, which happened Sunday July 07, 2013 on the Highrise.

Investigators would like to speak with the unidentified man about the hit and run death of Officer Rodney Thomas. The photograph was taken at the "best of the best" shop the morning Officer Thomas was killed.

Investigators say the unknown male is not a suspect. He is simply a person of interest....

Detective Sergeant Daniel McMullen is in charge of the investigation.

Crimestoppers is offering up to a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. Citizens with information regarding this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-STOP (7867). Callers do not have to leave their name nor testify in court to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.

As the investigation continues, Thomas's co-workers and friends prepare to say goodbye. A memorial outside NOPD 2nd District headquarters grows.

"We even had one individual that Rodney actually arrested that called me up and wanted to say that even though Rodney had arrested him, saw how kind Rodney was and how concerned Rodney was and Rodney actually pointed him in the right direction with a few things," says 2nd District Commander Paul Noel. "So he touched a lot of people."

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