LaPlace woman held as accessory to shooting death

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 17, 2006


Staff Reporter

LAPLACE — A 30-year-old LaPlace resident was recently arrested, after further investigation determined she was allegedly involved with the homicide of Morial Johnson, 23, of Reserve, who died April 3 from gunshot wounds.

St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Neyuka Ceaser on April 5 with charges of accessory to second-degree murder-after the fact and obstruction of justice.

&#8220Further investigation revealed that Neyuka, without question, knows the identify of the shooter,” said Maj. Mike Tregre, spokesman for the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office. &#8220Neyuka was unwilling to cooperate with investigators, leading officials to incarcerate her. She is the only suspect incarcerated at this time.”

Tregre said the Sheriff’s Office has received several calls and appreciates the involvement from the community.

&#8220From information we’ve received, it appears the suspect is not from St. John,” Tregre said. &#8220This makes investigation a bit tricky, but we are definitely headed in the right direction, and things are progressing.”

Ceaser is being held at the Sherman Walker on a $152,000 bond set by Judge Sterling Snowdy.

The shooting occurred in the 1800 block of West

Airline Highway around 11:33 p.m. on March 17.

According to previous reports, Tregre said a witness called the Sheriff’s Office referencing a shooting, and within five minutes of the call, Johnson had walked into the River Parishes Hospital ER, with a gunshot wound under his right lower rib area.

Tregre said a witness from the scene said a man driving a green Pontiac Grand Prix or Grand Am left in a fast manner.

According to a witness, one male walked up to the other, and the suspect fired one shot at the victim, Tregre said.

Detective Lt. Royal Burke is continuing the investigation the case, and anyone with information is asked to contact the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 652-6338.