NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans police say they have solved a 2005 cold case with information gathered in the investigation into the fatal hit-and-run of NOPD Officer Rodney Thomas.
Two men, 28-year-old John Chambers and 28-year-old Kenneth Halley, allegedly shot and killed 21-year-old Joseph Lucien on April 5, 2005 in the 1700 block of Egania Street, according to the New Orleans Police Department. They both face second-degree murder charges.
Both Chambers and Halley are already in custody and face charges in connection with Thomas' death.
Police say during the investigation into Thomas death, they uncovered new information that implicated Chambers and Halley in the 2005 murder.
“Today’s indictments are the product of exceptional work by our homicide detectives, headed up by Detective Decynda Barnes, and the support of our partners in the Orleans District Attorney’s Office," said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
Halley faces charges of manslaughter and obstruction of justice in the Thomas case. Chambers is charged with accessory after the fact to manslaughter and obstruction of justice.
Bond is set for Halley and Chambers at $1 million each.