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Posted: Thursday, 03 July 2014 11:25AM

Person of interest to be released

Jailers are releasing the man that New Orleans Police named a person of interest in the Bourbon Street murder / shooting.

"Justin Odom was booked into our correctional facility yesterday evening  on two outstanding attachments," Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Col. John Fortunato said in an email today.  "Odom has completed his booking procedures and will be released due to jail overcrowding today."

After Odom surrendered to Gretna Police, New Orleans detectives talked to him and his lawyer.  He was then sent to Jefferson Parish for warrants on traffic charges and a misdemeanor theft.  

He is currently not facing any charges related to the shooting that left one person dead and nine others wounded early Sunday in the French Quarter.

"Justin Odom was questioned by NOPD detectives and at this time we are still investigating what his involvement may be," NOPD Officer Hilal Williams said in a statement.  "This is an on-going investigation and no further information can be given at this time."

Legal analyst Tim Meche says this is no surprise.

''In Jefferson Parish, in particular, they regularly release people for jail overcrowding, if they're charged with minor offenses,'' the attorney noted.

He says that cops are not ready to name Odom as a suspect in the shooting.

''It's obvious that the police, at this time, do not have enough evidence to arrest him for the Bourbon Street shooting,'' according to Meche.

The lawyer says that may be because Odom is not one of the shooters, or they police can't prove it at this point if he is a suspect.

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