Man accused of beating 60-year-old to death in Lower Garden District turns himself in

Man accused of beating 60-year-old to death in Lower Garden District turns himself in

According to a news release by the New Orleans Police Department, Garret James Ward surrendered to NOPD Wednesday morning.

He was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on one count of second-degree murder.

A warrant was issued for Ward's arrest Tuesday in connection to the homicide of Arnold Jackson that happened in the 2000 block of St. Charles Avenue on January 6.

Around 1:33 a.m. on Jan. 6 officers responded to a call of a simple battery at the intersection of St. Charles and Josephine Street.

When officers arrived, they were flagged down by several individuals in the street.

The individuals told police that Ward punched and kicked Jackson then ran inside of an elevated parking lot.

Officers found Ward intoxicated and took him into custody.

Jackson was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries on January 18.

Ward was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for second-degree battery, but was released after his court appearance.

The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office classified the death to be a homicide based on the injuries sustained, at which time the investigation was handed to the NOPD Homicide Division.