The woman found dead in a vacant lot in the Lower 9th Ward last week was shot to death, New Orleans police confirmed Monday. She was identified as Brandy Keenan, 34.
Her partially decomposed body was found in the weeds of an abandoned lot near the corner of Florida Avenue and Choctaw Street Thursday (Oct. 17) around 8:30 a.m. Police had asked for the public’s help identifying the woman. By Monday, John Gagliano, chief investigator for the coroner’s office, confirmed her identify.
Gagliano said that Keenan’s body appeared to have been there for at least two or three days.
After police discovered her body, a neighbor, who did not provide his name to the press out of fear for his own safety, said gunfire woke him up one morning. He saw a white pickup truck speed off. “It was five to six shots. I was alarmed and afraid,” the man said,
According to police, the trouble came from 29-year-old Briceson Carter.
Records show that Briceson Carter bounced around the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish as a kid, living at different addresses, especially after his mother died of cancer when he was 14 years old.
And it’s where, on Oct. 12, he allegedly bound Brandy Keenan by the hands and feet, shot her execution-style, and left her body in a weed-choked abandoned lot. All within a few square miles.
The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office had urged Willard to increase Carter’s bond after he missed a court appearance on a pending cocaine charge. According to the court records, Carter left the jurisdiction without permission and was arrested in Mississippi on a marijuana charge.
Willard rejected the prosecutor’s motion to increase Carter’s bail, the records indicate. That put Carter on the street on Oct. 12, when he allegedly killed Keenan.
Within hours of Keenan’s killing, police say Carter robbed another woman at gunpoint less than a mile away.
In a police report of the robbery, Carter allegedly approached he woman and asked for her phone number. When she refused, he allegedly told her, ‘Well, why don’t you just give me your call phone and money. If you don’t, I’ll kill you.’
According to police, Carter then forced the victim at gunpoint to walk back to her home four blocks away.
Carter taunted and terrorized his second victim before she was able to escape and finger him as her attacker, prosecutors said. In a court memorandum, prosecutors stated that Carter’s crimes ‘broached upon the sadistic.’