Bourbon Street stabbing suspects surrenders, released on bail

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – A Henderson man accused of stabbing a man in the stomach during a Christmas Eve argument on Bourbon Street is already free after his arrest for attempted murder.

Court records show Julio ‘Rocky’ Keenum, 39, was released from the Orléans Justice Center prison after posting the $ 40,000 bond set on Monday by Orléans parish commissioner Jonathan Friedman . No electronic ankle monitor was needed for the defendant, who was ordered to return to court on February 25 and keep his address up to date with the Orléans Parish Criminal Court clerk’s office.

After being interviewed by WVUE-Fox 8 on Wednesday for an update on the search for Keenum, New Orleans Police belatedly announced that the suspect had surrendered for arrest on Sunday (December 26), the same day that the NOPD asked the public for help in locating him. .

The NOPD information office ignored a second question about the current condition of the 52-year-old who was allegedly stabbed by Keenum in the 400 block of Bourbon Street at around 7:11 p.m. on December 24.

Keenum has been charged with attempted second degree murder, a charge that can be accepted, refused or varied by the Orleans Parish Attorney’s Office without the intervention of a grand jury. People in Louisiana convicted of attempted second-degree murder face a state prison sentence of 10 to 50 years, with no possibility of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

The Christmas Eve incident was initially reported by the NOPD as a battery aggravated by cut-off, but the allegation was reclassified as attempted second degree murder “based on the severity of the injuries sustained by the victim.”

Police said Keenum was with a group of four other people when he started arguing with the older man. Keenum drew a knife and stabbed the man violently in the stomach before fleeing the scene, police said.

A social network profile that includes the same photo distributed by the NOPD lists a man of the same name with a hometown of Henderson, Louisiana, a town in the parish of St. Martin that is part of the metropolitan area of ​​Lafayette.

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