Lorenzo Conner- Louisiana- 2015 (CAPTURED) Mar 31, 2015 15:57:13 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Mar 31, 2015 15:57:13 GMT -5
From the New Orleans Advocate:
Authorities continued to search Tuesday afternoon for an accused murderer with a diagnosed history of mental illness. Lorenzo Conner was last seen in Mid-City, breaking through the back window of a transport van that was taking him from a state facility to the criminal courthouse.
U.S. Marshals were aiding in the search for Conner, 24, who had broken free near Tulane Avenue and South Telemachus Street, according to a WWL-TV report from Tuesday morning.
The state Department of Health and Hospitals had been charged with transporting Conner from the Feliciana Forensic Facility in Jackson to Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. Local law enforcement referred questions to the state agency, which confirmed Conner’s identity but refused to offer details on his escape.
Responsibility for the search resembled a hot potato Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Doug Farrell said his agents were assisting Louisiana State Police and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office in the manhunt. DHH spokeswoman Ashley Lewis referred questions to Orleans Parish Prison. A spokesman for Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s office said he wasn’t sure whether deputies were still involved. State Police Superintendent Mike Edmondson did not immediately return a call.
Conner was under indictment for second-degree murder in the killing of 25-year-old Nelson Smith, who was fatally shot at Magnolia and Philip streets in Central City on Oct. 27 2011. Police officers responding to the sound of gunfire found Conner in a “mad-dash sprint” and saw him toss a gun, court records show. He also faced an obstruction count for allegedly ditching the murder weapon.
In September 2013, a judge found Conner incompetent to stand to trial and remanded him to the state facility.
Conner was diagnosed with “polysubstance disorder” and antisocial personality disorder.
Hospital authorities reported that Conner acting belligerently there, strong-arming other patients and masturbating in front of female staff. He was described as “evasive, difficult, argumentative and threatening both verbally and physically.”
In December 2013, doctors there deemed him “competent by default, as there is no apparent reason, i.e. mental illness, for Mr. Conner to be found incompetent to stand trial.”
He returned to Orleans Parish Prison until last August, when Criminal District Judge Darryl Derbigny ordered Conner returned to the state hospital.
Conner was due in court in New Orleans on Tuesday to be arraigned on unrelated charges of stalking and battery of a corrections officer. He is accused of grabbing a female medical assistant’s hip in June 2014 and dropping a three-page, hand-written love letter into her uniform vest pocket, court records show.
Conner, who once describe himself as a writer who could be “rich and famous,” gushed in what authorities described as “erotic derogatory writing.”
“In my mind I hear your sexy curves calling my name,” he wrote in the letter. “I want to kiss you on your soft beautiful lips and the moment you awaken bring you breakfast in bed along with a single rose and a poem I wrote for you...Do you think you can feel secure in my arms? Do you trust me?”
Conner’s criminal record includes an arrest on firearms and contraband counts in 2012; a conviction on cocaine possession in 2010; a conviction on marijuana and cocaine charges in 2009; and a conviction last year for simple criminal damage to property, for a crime committed while behind bars.
“DHH is investigating to determine if there was a breach in protocol and will update the public when more information on the incident has been established,” Lewis, the DHH spokeswoman, said in a statement.
Conner is due back in court in May for a mental status hearing in the murder case.
Admin Note: Conner is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Louisiana State Police Troop B at (504) 471-2775.