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Two in custody for Rodney Thomas hit-and-run indicted for 2005 murder

John Chambers (OPSO photo) John Chambers (OPSO photo)
Kenneth Halley (photo from NOPD) Kenneth Halley (photo from NOPD)

FOX 8 received this news release from the New Orleans Police Dept. Thursday evening:

Two men currently incarcerated in connection with the hit-and-run death of Officer Rodney Thomas, were indicted earlier today for a 2005 murder in the Ninth Ward.

28-year-old Kenneth Halley and 28-year-old John Chambers were indicted for gunning down 21-year-old Joseph Lucien in the 1700-block of Egania Street on April 5th, 2005. Lucien died of one gunshot wound to the chest. Both men were originally arrested in 2005, but were not prosecuted.

While investigating Officer Thomas' untimely death on July 7th of this year, Homicide detectives learned new information about Halley and Chambers which led them to revisit the 2005 murder case.

The new intelligence gathered by investigators was presented to a Grand Jury, and today both men were indicted on a charge of Second Degree Murder. Bond was set for Halley and Chambers at $1-million dollars each.

Just last week, Halley and Chambers were indicted in the death of Officer Thomas. In that case, Halley faces charges of Manslaughter and Obstruction of Justice, among others. His bond was set at $1.6 million.

Chambers was indicted on charges of Accessory after the Fact to Manslaughter and Obstruction of Justice, among others. His bond in that case was set at $800-thousand.

Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, "Today's indictments are the product of exceptional work by our Homicide detectives, headed up by Detective Decynda Barnes, and the support of our partners in the Orleans District Attorney's Office."

"The steep bonds that were set are reflective of the heinous nature of these crimes, and will hopefully be a deterrent to anyone who would choose to encourage violence on our streets."

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