Man accused of killing Big Lee appears in court, could get out of jail

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Metairie man accused of shooting and killing his neighbor during an argument could get out of jail Wednesday.

Wayne Higgins showed up to court Wednesday in a wheel chair with a hearing aid on for a bond reduction hearing. Higgins bond reduction was never discussed.

Higgins was in jail on a $500,000 bond and is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Lee Martin.

Martin was the owner of Big Lee's Towing.

Deputies said Higgins shot and killed Martin after he sprayed a garden hose inside Higgins' truck.

Higgins lawyer said Higgins could post a property bond of $650,000, but that would have to go through the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department.

The judge set a condition for Higgins to be under house arrest should he post the property bond. Higgins could only leave his home for work, medical, and religious reasons.

The judge also granted the state a request of no access to firearms during his house arrest.

Higgins agreed to the conditions.

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