NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - After a continuation was granted in May, the man accused of killing two men along a Mardi Gras parade route will appear in court on Thursday.
John Hicks, 19, allegedly confessed to being the gunman in the fatal February 12 shooting along the Muses parade route.
He shot and killed two men in front of thousands of revelers, firing multiple shots along the packed street, according to New Orleans police.
The incident happened just after 10 p.m. on February 12 in the 1200 block of St. Charles Avenue. Gunfire erupted in front of a Popeyes restaurant near the Erato Street intersection. The shooting took place opposite of the neutral ground where floats pass by. The Krewe of Muses was parading along the traditional Uptown parade route when the shooting occurred.
Officers say they heard several gunshots as they were working along the parade route. The New Orleans Police Department responded to find two men with gunshot wounds to the body. Peter Dabney, 21, and Ivan Williams, 22, were rushed to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Investigators believe Hicks and his friends were involved in an argument with another group of individuals along the parade route. The argument turned physical and then deadly.
Officers say they saw Hicks run from the scene and toss a handgun into nearby bushes. Police say he later confessed to the shooting.
Hicks faces two counts of second-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty to illegally using a firearm on the parade route and obstruction of justice.