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A cellphone left behind at the murder scene of Carrollton-area rapper BTY YoungN, which New Orleans police say belonged to the arrested suspect in the case, Darryl Bannister, had someone else's DNA on it, a homicide detective testified.
During Bannister's preliminary hearing Wednesday (July 19), New Orleans Police Department Det. Clinton Givens, the lead homicide detective investigating the April 29 shooting death of the rapper at an Hollygrove gas station on Airline Highway, revealed information about the results of DNA tests performed on the cellphone. Givens said he learned those results after Bannister's May 15 arrest.
A warrant for Bannister's arrest says Bannister, 31, told detectives in an interview before his arrest that he lost his phone at a party in the Milan neighborhood prior to the time when the shooting happened. Bannister said he was at the party near Milan and Freret streets about 7 to 11:30 p.m. During the interview, his warrant states, he denied any knowledge of the shooting. The 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Desmone Jerome, was fatally shot about 11:11 p.m., records show.
Givens wrote in his warrant and testified Wednesday that phone records show calls were made to numbers Bannister normally called, including his girlfriend, after the time that he claimed he lost it. Texts were also received or sent after the time Bannister said he lost it, Givens testified, though it's unclear who exchanged the texts or what the content of the messages was.
Cellphone tower pings showed Bannister's phone was located near Buffalo Billards - an Airline Highway pool hall in Metairie -- where the victim, whose real name is Desmone Jerome, was located before the fatal encounter at the gas station -- shortly after 10 p.m., Givens said. Givens wrote in the warrant "it appeared that Mr. Bannister was surveilling the victim prior to the following him to the location." Bannister's attorney from the Orleans Public Defender's Office, Russell Barksdale, argued the only evidence linking his client to the murder scene was the cellphone, adding, "We know when cellphone was recovered it had someone else's DNA on