July 12, 2014 10:57:05 PM
NEW ORLEANS -- The state of Mississippi has agreed to extradite a suspect in the gunfight that killed one person and injured nine others last month in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Trung T. Le of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, faces a charge of first-degree murder and nine counts of attempted first-degree murder following the June 29 shooting.
The 20-year-old Le has been held in a Gulfport, Mississippi, jail since being arrested on July 4 by New Orleans detectives and the U.S. Marshals Service. He had refused to sign a waiver of extradition, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed what is called a governor's warrant Thursday, which overrides an inmate's refusal to be taken to another jurisdiction to face criminal charges.
Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, acting in place of Gov. Phil Bryant, signed a warrant Saturday to extradite Le back to Louisiana. Bryant is traveling out of state.
"The sooner the warrant can be executed the sooner Louisiana law enforcement can work toward justice in this horrible incident," Reeves said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear when Le might be returned to New Orleans. A district attorney's office spokesman on Friday declined to comment on a timeline.
New Orleans police have still not identified a second suspect in the shooting.
1. Man arrested after allegedly shooting into murder victim's home COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Columbus hires police consultant COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. Man jailed after being caught in former romantic partner's home COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY