He was also charged with shooting Smith's wife in the leg
The incident was one of many where police officers were accused of taking the law into their hands after the storm struck
Police have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of the athlete's murder
The grandmother, who works as a security guard in New Orleans, said the gun was under her pillow
A gunfight broke out at the Bunny Friend playground during an unauthorised block party in the city's upper ninth ward
Police spokesman says police were on their way to break up a big crowd when gunfire erupted
Toussaint was a master of all the above crafts, helping to keep alive the doo-wop and jazz traditions of the Big Easy while tirelessly exploring new avenues in soul, pop and funk
Sureveys have found that there are at least 5,000 people in the US who identify as real vampires
Indianapolis pulled off the second biggest comeback in NFL play-off history to stun Kansas City, while New Orleans beat Philadelphia on the last play of the game as the first wild-card games provided a thrilling start to the post-season.
BP has won a key court victory in the US that will limit the amount of compensation the oil giant will have to pay following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.
Bernadine Bishop could be the first writer to win the Costa Book of the Year posthumously
American Horror Story: Coven broadcast its second episode on Fox last night. Each series of the anthology show tells a different complete horror story, but with a returning repertory cast. It's always stuffed with great roles for women, particularly Jessica Lange, who won an Emmy for the show last year. This series is a Southern Gothic set in and around Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies in New Orleans, and the cast seems to be having more fun than ever.
Police in New Orleans have vowed to track down gunmen who shot 19 people at a Mother's Day parade in an attack.
My parents loved the blues and early jazz, and I grew up to the sounds of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Leadbelly and Fats Waller.
Produced again by Joe Henry, the follow-up to Let Them Talk follows a similar format of easy-rolling jazz arrangements and simpatico guest spots supporting Hugh Laurie's blues piano.
Golfers and caddies were left stunned when they were joined on the 14th hole by an unexpected visitor - a huge alligator.