Man indicted for murder in August in French Quarter

Jim Hanzo
December 06, 2018 - 4:02 pm
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District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office on Thursday indicted a man accused of fatally shooting a former co-worker outside a French Quarter bar in August.

21-year-old James Nero Jr. is charged with the second-degree murder of 30-year-old Fouad Zeton Jr. in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.  He faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if found guilty as charged.

Ad hoc Criminal District Judge Dennis Waldron left unchanged Nero's $250,000 bond amount after the indictment was read.

Zeton was shot outside the Attiki Bar & Grill in the 200 block of Decatur Street, just after 3 a.m. on Aug. 2, 2018.  He was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.

New Orleans police investigators determined that Zeton was a former employee of the bar, and had gotten into an argument with Nero over what time Nero should close the establishment.

Video surveillance cameras captured Nero being handed a gun by another man parked outside the bar moments before shooting Zeton.  Nero placed the gun in the street and waited for authorities to arrive after the shooting.

Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.

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