Morgan convicted in Barrow Street shooting, DA says

Deidre Cruse

An Iberville Parish Grand Jury unanimously convicted Kenneth “Bo” Moran of Plaquemine in the second-degree murder of Lewis James, District Attorney Richard J. “Ricky” Ward reported.

Morgan, then 24, was charged in the June 2007 murder of James, 47, also of Plaquemine.

Iberville Parish Sheriff’s deputies found Lewis lying in the yard of a Barrow Street residence; the victim had been shot several times, possibly as part of an on-going feud, Sheriff Brent Allain said at the time.

Lewis died of his wounds a day and a half after the shooting. The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force located Morgan hiding in the close of a Houston apartment, according to Allain.

Lewis was tried before 18th Judicial U. S. District Judge William C. Dupont, who set sentencing for February 26.

The jury deliberated for 30 minutes before returning the guilty verdict.

Ward said second degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Tony Clayton, chief felony prosecutor for the 18th Judicial District, tried the case for Ward’s office. Clayton was assisted by Becky Chutz, Jack Marionneaux and Elizabeth Engolio.

Mike Parks of the Indigent Defender’s Office represented Morgan.