Mudbugs evidence in attempted murder conviction

A shooting that stemmed from an argument over crawfish shells, results in an attempted second-degree murder conviction. Arcainia Banks, 19, was convicted Tuesday after pleading guilty to the shooting which took place December 17, 2013.

According to a district attorney spokesperson, the victim and Banks' mother were in a long-term relationship. They began arguing after the mother accused the victim of leaving crawfish shells behind an apartment in the 1500 block of Dumaine Street, where they lived with Banks. Following the argument, the mother evicted the victim from the apartment.

When the victim returned to collect his belongings, video from a security camera showed the victim crawling out of the apartment, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The video also revealed Banks following the victim out of the apartment and shooting him in the back.

At the time of the shooting, Banks had no prior felony convictions. Following his guilty-as-charged plea, he was sentenced to 14-years in jail by Orleans Parish Criminal Court Judge Franz Ziblich.

"This was a senseless crime," said District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, in response to the conviction. "How can an argument over crawfish shells so quickly erupt into gunfire? The members of this community should know that this District Attorney's office has very aggressive prosecutorial policies regarding crimes of violence."

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