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Jury convicts Kendall Harrison in Algiers Point murder, victim tried to stop carjacking

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NEW ORLEANS — An Orleans Parish jury convicted a 20-year-old man in the shooting death of an Algiers Point man who was killed trying to halt a neighbor's carjacking nearly three years ago.

A jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than six hours before finding Kendall Harrison of Harvey guilty of second-degree murder and armed robbery. The verdict came down at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Harry "Mike" Ainsworth had heard screams Jan. 25, 2012, and ran from the bus stop where he'd dropped off his two boys. He leaped onto the car's windshield and bashed it with his arms and fists before the carjacker fired a 9mm weapon through the windshield.

Harrison did not testify in the case. Among the witnesses in the case was a convicted armed robber, Joshua McReynolds, who testified that, while housed in Orleans Parish Prison, Harrison admitted killing Ainsworth during the failed carjacking attempt.

"He said he didn't want to kill the guy. He just got in his way. He was scared," McReynolds told the jury. "I asked him what's it like to kill a guy. He said it was similar to shooting a bird with a BB gun."

Criminal District Judge Darryl Derbigny began instructing the jury shortly after 8 p.m. Monday.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1qptV4Y ) Harrison faces a life prison term.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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