Man convicted in New Roads double homicide from Sept. 2021

The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office reported two people are dead and a third victim was wounded in a shooting Friday.
Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 9:15 PM CDT|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 8:10 PM CST
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UPDATE: A man has been convicted by a jury in Pointe Coupee Parish for a deadly shooting in New Roads back in September of 2021.

Morris Hollins was convicted on two counts of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Investigators say Hollins shot and killed Gerell Hollins, 25, and Howard Hollins Jr., 34, and also shot another man who survived on Delta Place Road.

“This was a very tragic case that involved the murder of two young men who were cousins of the defendant and the attempted murder of his uncle. Our hearts go out to the Hollins family who is very torn by this case. However, we feel that justice was served this week and that the jury got it right,” said Chad Aguillard, the chief lead prosecutor for DA Tony Clayton’s office.

The judge set a post trial motion date for March 8. Following any post trial motions, a sentencing date will then be set.


NEW ROADS, La. (WAFB) - The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the man suspected of killing two people and wounding another in a shooting has turned himself into authorities.

Sheriff Rene Thibodeaux said Morris Hollins, 23, surrendered to deputies Monday morning (Sept. 20) and was questioned before being booked into the Pointe Coupee Parish Detention Center.

Morris Hollins
Morris Hollins(Pointe Coupee Parish Detention Center)

He is charged with second-degree murder (two counts), attempted second-degree murder, and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instruments.

According to investigators, the shooting happened on Delta Place Road in New Roads on Friday, Sept. 17, around 10 p.m. The surviving victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Thibodeaux added Gerell Hollins, 25, and Howard Hollins Jr., 34, were found dead at the scene. The third victim, Gregory Hollins, was airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and is stable.

“It’s just heartbreaking for someone to get in a fight and then pull out a gun and have to kill somebody,” said Thibodeaux.

He added what started out as an argument ended in a deadly triple shooting.

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