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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- A husband shot to death on Willow Street in west-Carrollton last summer was the victim of his estranged wife's plot to have him killed, New Orleans police allege in court documents and recent testimony, but defense attorneys are already questioning whether investigators identified the correct triggerman in the case.

Clardie Ellis III was standing outside his grandmother's house in the 8500 block of Willow Street around 10 p.m. June 7, 2013, when he was gunned down by a man with medium-length dreadlocks, an eyewitness would later tell police.

'He sees the individual raise his arm, and sees gunfire,' Detective Jeffrey Vappie said of the eyewitness, who then saw Ellis fall to the ground near his car, a white Dodge Charger.

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