NOPD: Suspect sought in Governor Nicholls Street homicide

NEW ORLEANS -- NOPD officers are looking for the man they believe dealt a fatal blow to a man's head in Treme in February.  The case is the latest one to roll on the Wheel of Justice.

According to NOPD, 44-year-old Russell Teal was found dead Feb. 5 in the 1400 block of Governor Nicholls Street. Investigators said Teal was walking with another man in the same block just after 3 a.m. on Feb. 5 when the man in the picture allegedly struck Teal in the head, knocking him unconscious.

Police also released surveillance footage that they say shows the killer.  Detectives say the two were walking together when the suspect struck Teal in the head, knocking him unconscious.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office initially ruled Teal’s death unclassified and as the result of blunt force trauma. However, after reviewing evidence obtained through further investigation, Teal’s death was reclassified as a homicide.

To see the latest Wheel of Justice report, including the surveillance footage of the suspect, click on the video button at the top of this page.

Anyone with any information on the man in the picture is asked to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Ryan Aucoin at 504-658-5300.

Or you can call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.  You don't have to reveal your name or testify in court, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

So far, more than 382 people have been booked after their cases rolled on the Wheel of Justice.