Man accused of shooting death during Mardi Gras parade due in court

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans man accused of killing someone on Mardi Gras while at a parade is due in court Tuesday.

Eddie Dingle Jr. faces a charge of second degree murder in connection with the case.

Dingle's family is defending his action, saying he acted in self defense.

Surveillance video showed the moments when the shots rang out on St. Charles and 2nd, causing revelers to scatter.

Dingle's family said what happened in the minutes before that makes all the difference.

Dingle's father said at the parade one of his sons confronted Maurice Willams about an incident several days prior.

That is when his father said Williams became violent, striking his son. That led Dingle to try and step in when he was then allegedly struck with a pipe wrench.

Dingle's father said that's when his son shot and killed Williams.

Dingle's lawyer said despite being involved in the incident, police have not interviewed them but are still confident his client will be cleared of any wrong doing.

Dingle turned himself into police Friday, three days after the shooting.

He will be in court for a bond hearing, but bond has already been set for $250,000.