On February 20, 2009, Lawrence Everage shot Michael Minor on the neutral ground at St. Charles and Melpomene Street. Police quickly arrested Everage a few minutes later. The state charged Mr. Everage with attempted murder.
At trial, the prosecution argued that Mr. Everage made an “attack on the law” by shooting Minor repeatedly. However, Mr. Everage’s defense counsel, argued that Mr. Everage reasonably acted in self-defense. The defense told the jury about an altercation between Mr. Everage and Mr. Minor at a nearby daiquiri shop. Following the altercation, Mr. Minor and two other men followed Mr. Everage back to his car. Blocked by parade traffic, Mr. Everage shot in fear of his own life. Further, the defense highlighted that Mr. Everage neither ran nor toss his gun when police approached.
Following its deliberations, an Orleans Parish jury acquitted Mr. Everage of the murder charge and set him free.