D.A. says New Orleans murder suspect should not have been let out of jail

NOPD, U.S. Marshals service seeking Donnell Brown III

Chris Miller
August 09, 2018 - 12:51 pm

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro is blasting a magistrate commissioner for releasing a murder suspect from jail.

According to Cannizzaro, Magistrate Commissioner Jonathan Friedman unlawfully ordered the release of Donnell Brown III, a suspect in the murder of 35-year-old Herbet Foster and wounding of a 15-year-old girl in May 2018.

The district attorney's office says the law gives them 120 days to secure an indictment, but says Friedman ordered Brown released after only 62 days.

"The laws of this state regarding pretrial detainees are clear, and must be followed even by an appointed commissioner who seems intent on making up his own," Cannizzaro said. 

Magistrate Judge Henry Cantrell ruled the release was improper and granted the state's request to take Brown back into custody. The district attorney's office says New Orleans Police and the U.S. Marshals Service asks anyone who knows of Brown's whereabouts to contact them or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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