NEW ORLEANS Nearly 24 hours after the murders of a New Orleans mother, her two children and her sister Friday, police said they recovered the weapon they believe was used in the killings and are now awaiting DNA test results they believe will identify as a suspect the male relative they arrested on unrelated charges.
Speaking to Eyewitness News just after midnight Saturday, Deputy Supt. Marlon Defillo called Damian Jordan, 22, a 'very, very strong suspect' in the quadruple murder early Friday in the 1900 block of Clouet Street.
Jordan was booked late Friday as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm with probation violations, Defillo said.
Police said they found Jordan in possession of the gun they believe was used to commit the murders of Angel Davis, 25; her children Jamare Ross, 7, and Joseph Davis, 4; and her sister Malika Davis, 17.
Jordan also had a loaded pistol in his possession, Defillo said. He said police investigators are awaiting DNA tests on the weapons, which could take several weeks.Once test results are in, Defillo said Jordan could face charges in connection with the killings but until then he has not been charged in the murders.
'We are running a number of forensic tests at this time and hope to have the results back shortly,' Defillo said, adding that investigators believe money was somehow a motive in the killings.
Jordan is related to the victims, Defillo said, adding that the man's father helped police locate him Friday. Defillo said Jordan was 'not very cooperative' with investigators and gave conflicting statements during questioning.
Jordan has a lengthy arrest record, according to records, including arrests for aggravated burglary, aggravated battery and home invasion charges.