Two arrested in Quarter killing of Marine

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by WWLTV.com

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Posted on December 10, 2010 at 7:17 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 10 at 5:34 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans police arrested two suspects early Thursday in the Halloween stabbing death of a Marine in the French Quarter.

Melvin Clay, 37, and his girlfriend Helaina Amrine, 21, were taken into custody in connection with the murder of Ryan Lekosky.

Detectives arrested the pair at about 5:45 a.m. after they spotted a rental car driving on Canal Street that matched the vehicle used by the killer to leave the scene of the crime six week ago. The image of the car had been captured on private surveillance video.

Clay was booked with second-degree murder and was ordered held on a $1 million bond. Amrine, who faces a charge of accessory to second-degree murder, was ordered held on a $300,000 bond.

In a police report, detectives state that Amrine implicated Clay and admitted burning the clothes he was wearing the night of the murder.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said investigators got a big break in the case last night when alert detectives spotted the car that had previously been identified in the video.

On the night of the killing, Lekosky and his wife were walking along Iberville street near the corner of Dauphine Street after a Marine ball early Halloween morning.

Investigators say Clay made offensive comments to Clay’s wife from a passing car. When she responded to the comments, the suspect got out of the car and began scuffling with her.

Lekosky was stabbed when he tried to break up the fight. He was stabbed multiple times and later died at the hospital.

 

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