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Texas Man Charged in 2019 Fatal Shooting in French Quarter

Prosecutors say police recovered surveillance video showing the shooting

A Texas man was indicted Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting death of another man last year in New Orleans' French Quarter, the district attorney's office said in a news release.

Leonard Patty, 38, whose city of residence was unavailable, would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted as charged.

The news release says Patty is accused of shooting Dilling, 34, following an early-morning scuffle on June 30, 2019.

Patty, who is in custody, had not entered a plea as of Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutors say police recovered surveillance video showing the shooting that sent bystanders scattering on St. Louis Street.

The video shows Dilling arguing with, then walking away from, a woman identified as his ex-girlfriend, the release says. "Dilling was then approached by a man wearing red pants, who later was identified as Patty, and who had been seen earlier speaking with Dilling's ex-girlfriend," the release said. "

The two scuffled and Dilling was shot in the chest.

The district attorney's office said Patty's criminal history includes felony convictions for domestic violence and aggravated robbery in Texas.

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