New Orleans man found guilty of 2021 murder

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — A jury in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court returned a guilty verdict for the 2021 murder of Michael Rogers on Thursday, April 18.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office reported that John Duncan was found guilty of second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and felon in possession of a firearm in the case of the December 2021 killing of Michael Rogers.

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On Dec. 17, 2021, the New Orleans Police Department reported that officers responded to a call of aggravated battery by shooting at the intersection of North Broad and Dumaine streets.

Upon arrival, officers found Rogers suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Through investigation, NOPD Homicide Unit detectives developed and positively identified Duncan as the suspect. An arrest warrant was obtained for second-degree murder.

The conviction on April 18 is Duncan’s second conviction for homicide. Duncan was released in 2020, following a 2004 conviction for killing another New Orleans man during Jazz Fest.

“The conviction of John Duncan is a significant victory for justice and for the state of public safety for our city,” said OPDA Homicide Unit Chief Matthew Derbes. “John Duncan is a serial murderer whose history already suggested that he should not be on the streets of New Orleans. When given a second chance to prove he could live among law abiding members of the community, he took another life without hesitation.”

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