Who was that gray-haired guy who came out of nowhere with a beautiful young woman on his arm one Jazzfest and proceeded to dance cajun style in sync to the music like no one I'd ever seen before or since. I was dating my wife at the time and we were both blown away. Everyone around us was amazed too. No doubt the band was pleased when the applause came at the end of that song. It was another Jazzfest where something special happened. It's the little things in life worth remembering. Found out today years later who he was...
Jazz Fest murder defendant found guilty in 2004 death of Daniel Breaux
By Gwen Filosa, The Times-Picayune
March 22, 2010, 3:51PMTed Jackson, The Times-PicayuneDistrict Attorney Leon Cannizzaro talks to the media on the steps of Orleans Parish District Court with Daniel Breaux's family listening on after a jury returned a guilty verdict against John Duncan Monday, March 22, 2010. Duncan, at age 14 was charged with firing a bullet into the head of Breaux on May 1, 2004 as he was leaving the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
An Orleans Parish jury Monday convicted John Duncan of the 2004 second degree murder of Daniel Breaux, who was shot in the head after leaving the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Under Louisiana law, Duncan, who was 14 at the time of the killing, can only be locked up until he turns 31.
Breaux, 57, a Houma artist known for his Cajun waltz moves at Jazz Fest, was killed near the corner of Orchid and North Dupre streets four years ago.
A jury in 2005 convicted Duncan of murder, after hearing testimony from a one-time co-defendant that only Duncan had a gun that night. But a judge ordered a new trial for Duncan after finding that police wrongly discarded a statement from an 8 year-old boy who said he watched "one boy" shoot a man.
Former Judge Dennis Waldron granted Duncan the new trial, ruling that Duncan's defense team was unfairly denied a chance to present "contradictory evidence" in the form of the 8-year-old's testimony.