A state grand jury handed up several indictments Thursday related to recent murders in New Orleans, including the killing of AmeriCorps volunteer Joseph Massenburg on April 1.
A second man is now accused in that slaying.
Glenn Emerson, 18, who was arrested in late June, and Richard Ward both were indicted on a count of second-degree murder in Massenburg’s slaying.
Ward had not been booked as of late Thursday.
The nine-count indictment also accuses the same two men of killing Ricky Johnson and attempting to kill Norman Watson on June 21.
When Emerson was arrested in an apartment complex in New Orleans East, based on a tip after Johnson’s killing, police said they found a 9 mm pistol and a .32-caliber revolver.
It’s unclear whether ballistics tests have linked the weapons to both killings.
Police believe Massenburg was killed in a case of mistaken identity during a gang war.
Massenburg, a recent high school graduate from Illinois, had come to New Orleans less than three weeks before his killing to work for AmeriCorps, a national service agency.
After police arrested Emerson on second-degree murder charges, they said they did not think he was the triggerman.
The grand jury also indicted Emerson for illegal possession of a firearm, assault and possession of a stolen vehicle, a Honda CRV that the indictment suggests he may have had at the time Massenburg was killed in a drive-by shooting.