‘Career criminal’ arrested for Bogalusa woman’s murder

Published 8:24 pm Saturday, October 26, 2013

New Orleans Police Department detectives re-arrested the man they believe shot a woman multiple times last week in a grassy lot in the Lower Ninth Ward and left her to die.

On Friday, Homicide Detective Michael McCleery booked 29-year-old Briceson Carter Sr. with second-degree murder for gunning down 38-year-old Bogalusa resident Brandy Keenan in a vacant lot in the 2600 block of Choctaw Street. Carter was already incarcerated in Orleans Parish Prison on unrelated charges when he was arrested.

Keenan’s partially decomposed body was discovered the morning of Thursday, Oct. 17, after neighbors called police to report they had spotted something suspicious. She had no identification on her, and police later identified her through fingerprints and tattoos.

After conducting numerous interviews, studying surveillance video from the area and receiving additional information from some who knew the victim, McCleery, assisted by Detective Robert Bachelder, was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Carter.

“After looking over this suspect’s extensive rap sheet, it’s clear that detectives McCleery and Bachelder have managed to get possibly one of the city’s most violent offenders off our streets,” said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

“One victim of crime is one too many. This suspect obviously made a practice of victimizing people.

“I commend the NOPD team — from the crime lab techs to the homicide division — for their dedication to making this case and arresting this career criminal.”

Carter is considered a possible career criminal with 17 felony arrests, 14 misdemeanor arrests, and one traffic arrest.

He currently is on probation for possession of cocaine until August 2015 and was placed on probation for first-degree robbery in April 2002 through April 2003.

In addition to his arrest for second-degree murder, Carter has numerous previous arrests, incuding aggravated assault with a firearm, two counts aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery with use of firearm, armed robbery, resisting an officer, two counts simple escape, illegal possession of a firearm, simple arson, possession of crack, distribution of crack, resisting/ obstructing an officer, probation violation, obstructing a public place, criminal trespassing, disturbing the peace, gambling, simple criminal damage under $500, misrepresentation of name/ age/address, public intoxication, traffic violations, attachments and a warrant.

Carter is being held without bond on the charge of second-degree murder.

Police have not said why they believe Carter killed Keenan.

Born in Mt. Clemmons, Mich., Keenan lived with her grandmother, Dorothy J. Courtios, in Bogalusa most of her life. She graduated from Bogalusa High School and attended Southeastern for two years,

Courtios said her granddaughter would come and go. She had been in New Orleans about two weeks before she was killed.

Keenan had five children. Two are living with Courtious, and the other three are with their father.