NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man has now been indicted in connection with the beating death of a 60-year-old pedestrian on St. Charles Avenue, reports the Orleans Parish District Attorney.
Garrett Ward, 25, is charged with second degree murder and faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted. The indictment was handed up Thursday, June 7 by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Ward, a former commercial real estate agent, is said to have punched and kicked Arnold Jackson, 60, inflicting fatal injuries. Jackson died January 18, twelve days after the attack occurred in the 2000 block of St. Charles Avenue around 1:30 a.m.
NOPD arrested Ward after two witnesses identified him as the man who had attacked Jackson. One of the witnesses said Ward appeared to be drunk when he attacked the man without apparent reason or warning. The witness said Jackson was "casually walking down the street, minding his own business" when Ward lunged at him and began punching his head.
Ward has been out of jail since posting a $250,000 bond, but is expected to surrender to authorities soon. His new bond has been set at $1 million.