NOPD identifies suspect in 2008 cold case

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Posted on February 5, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 7:03 AM

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NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans police have identified a suspect, who is currently serving time in Texas on separate charges, in a 2008 murder case.

Police believe Joseph Brant, 44, stabbed and killed Jessica Hawk on August 11, 2008.

The case stayed cold until September 2013, when a detective received information implicating Brant in the case.

Brant, who was locked up on an 11-year burglary sentence in Beaumont, Texas, confessed to the stabbing when under questioning, according to police.

Detectives have filed paperwork to extradite Brant back to New Orleans to face the second-degree murder charge.

 

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