Ex-model pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot targeting Orleans district attorney

Faimon Roberts III

The New Orleans Advocate

Dean Kelly
Dean Kelly

Dean Kelly, a former model and actor serving a 10-year sentence for sex crimes, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he tried to have New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and three other people killed.

Kelly, clad in an orange jumpsuit, stood as attorney Vincent Wynne announced his plea. He did not speak during the arraignment at the Washington Parish Courthouse in Franklinton.

Kelly is accused of offering an inmate at Rayburn Correctional Center in Angie — where they were both in prison — a boat, a motorcycle, cars and money to kill Cannizzaro; City Councilman Jason Williams, who was at one time Kelly’s attorney; Criminal District Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier, who presided over his case; and a victim of the sex crime to which Kelly pleaded no contest.

Wynne refused to comment after the hearing.

Kelly was charged in March by 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery with four counts of solicitation of murder. He is accused of offering $35,000, two luxury cars, a boat and a BMW motorcycle in exchange for the hits.

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