- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 19-year-old man accused of killing two men while a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade rolled by pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of second-degree murder.

John Hicks also pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice and illegally carrying a firearm on a parade route, according to court filings.

Hicks remains jailed, with bonds totaling over $2 million.

He is charged in the Feb. 12 shooting deaths of Peter Dabney, 21, and Ivan Williams, 22, on St. Charles Avenue.

Police said they were in a group that got into an argument with Hicks and his friends. The disagreement turned deadly. Police haven’t said what they were arguing about.

Donna Weidenhaft of the Orleans Parish Public Defender’s Office represents Hicks. Weidenhaft filed several motions Tuesday including one to suppress evidence in the case.

Hicks is due back in court on May 11.

At the time of the shooting, police spokesman Frank Robertson said one victim was struck in the chest and died in surgery and the other was struck in the neck and died at the hospital.

Police said Hicks confessed and that officers saw him toss a handgun before he was arrested after a foot chase. Detectives said Hicks tested positive for gun residue.

The shooting occurred during the all-female Muses parade - the traditional kickoff to the Carnival weekend.

In at least eight of the past 11 years, shootings have marred the city’s Mardi Gras celebration.

In 2013, four people were wounded in a shooting on Bourbon Street on the Saturday before Mardi Gras.

Video at the time showed many partying in costumes before what police described as an argument between one of the wounded and two other men.


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