Guilty plea from suspected killer of political activist

Victim was known Black Lives Matter protester visiting NOLA

Thomas Perumean
July 23, 2019 - 6:51 am


Suspected killer Roosevelt Iglus has accepted a guilty plea in the killing of Muhiyidin d'Baha.  He is expected to get 17-years in prison when sentenced.  

Iglus is accused of fatally shooting a social justice activist on a Treme street in February 2018.  His victim, Muhiyidin Moye, was a 32-year-old Black Lives Matter activist from South Carolina also known as Muhiyidin d'Baha.

The 27-year-old Iglus pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter, and guilty as charged to counts of obstruction of justice and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The plea agreement was approved by the victim's sister.  

The shooting occured in view of a surveillance camera and showed Iglus approaching d'Baha and trying to knock him off his bike.  Iglus fired at d'Baha as he rode away.  D'Baha was struck in the thigh and died of massive blood loss after being transported in critical condition to a local hospital.  

A resident of Charleston, d'Baha gained national attention one year before his death as a Black Lives Matter activist. A widely circulated video showed d'Baha in February 2017 leaping to wrestle a Confederate battle flag from a man during a protest over Civil War monuments in South Carolina.

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