Orleans DA will seek death penalty in murder of NOPD officer

Orleans DA will seek death penalty in murder of NOPD officer

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says his office will pursue the death penalty against accused cop killer Darren Bridges.

Cannizzaro's office on Thursday secured a first-degree murder indictment of Bridges from an Orleans Parish grand jury.

Bridges is accused of fatally shooting New Orleans Police officer Marcus McNeil, 29, in the 6800 block of Cindy Place on Oct. 13.

"From everything I know of Officer McNeil, he seemed to be very well-respected and admired by his fellow officers," Cannizzaro said. "We're going to do our best to see to it that Mr. Bridges is never in a position to ever hurt anyone else again."

The eight-count grand jury indictment unsealed before Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson contains the following charges against Bridges:

Count 1 - First-degree murder of Marcus McNeil

Count 2 - Felon in possession of a firearm

Count 3 - Possession with intent to distribute Buprenorphine

Count 4 - Possession with intent to distribute cocaine

Count 5 - Possession with intent to distribute alprazolam

Count 6 - Possession with intent to distribute tramacol

Count 7 - Obstruction of justice in a second-degree murder case

Count 8 - Aggravated assault with a firearm upon a police officer, Stephan Stephano

Judge Johnson set no bond for the first-degree murder charge. She set a $250,000 bond for each of the other seven counts.

"Under Louisiana law, the penalty for first-degree murder can be death," Cannizzaro added. "At this time, that is how we will pursue it."