Crime

Double murder in New Orleans sparked by neighbor's request to move motorcycles

JOHN SIMERMAN

The New Orleans Advocate

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A dispute sparked by a request to move a pair of motorcycles led to Monday’s double murder at an apartment complex off Morrison Road in New Orleans East, according to an arrest warrant for the suspected shooter’s longtime girlfriend.

Vernon Lewis and Daniel Millon, both 24, were chatting with a witness in an upstairs unit of the Hidden Lake Apartments when ground-floor tenant Gilda Woodridge walked upstairs, knocked “and asked if (they) could move their motorcycles, which were parked in front of Gilda Woodridge’s residence door,” wrote New Orleans Police Department Detective Jana Thompson in the warrant affidavit, citing at least one witness account.

Lewis and Millon agreed, and they all walked downstairs, where 33-year-old Ahmad Rainey got involved and started a brief argument with the two men, the detective wrote.

Rainey then went inside the apartment he shares with Woodridge and emerged “with a large firearm, and began firing in the direction of Vernon Lewis and Daniel Millon, fatally striking them,” the report states.

When police arrived shortly after 7 p.m., they found Lewis and Millon lying beside the motorcycles. Emergency personnel pronounced them dead there 13 minutes later, the warrant states.

Rainey surrendered Thursday on a warrant and was booked on two counts of first-degree murder for the killings in the 7000 block of Martin Drive. He was being held Friday without bond.

Woodridge, 27, turned herself in Wednesday and was booked on two counts of being a principal to murder, along with a charge of criminal damage to property. Her attorney, Robert Toale, labeled her arrest “a travesty of justice.”

According to police, Woodridge has declined to cooperate. “I’ve told her not to,” Toale said.

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